Tom Servo wrote:
Of course they are.
What possible evidence supports this? At all? Or are you typing this while wearing your pinstriped pajamas?
The Yankee self denial that their team is no longer the elite in the AL, and may even be on the decline is hilarious. Why would the Red Sox be scared? They have 3 homegrown talented starters in their rotation, and a whole other crop of them on the way. They aren't basing their off season moves on what the 3rd place team in their division in doing.
You also don't seem to get that there is no guarantee that the Yankees are going to get Tanaka. It's just as likely he ends up on the Dodgers or any other of the big market teams with money to spend. Hell, I expect the Red Sox to even make a push for him.
Granted if the Red Sox did go and sign him I'm sure we'd hear from you how he will be a bust and is overrated.
The Red Sox are always scared of the Yankees. If you are a true RS fan, you know and understand and have lived this.
Your pitching rotation and depth is outstanding. I've never said any different. It will be interesting to see if your closer is the real deal or just a flash in the pan.
I never said the Yankees were a lock to get Tanaka. I hope they out spend EVERYONE on him, because I think he is the real deal, we need a young 1/2 pitcher in the rotation and whomever gets him won't lose a dime in doing so. Free agent starting pitching available is a gamble at best.
Not elite in the AL anymore? That's just laughable.
For gods sake we had a shot at making the play-offs with a AAA team last year. How quickly you forget that.
The Yankees are always elite, you should bow in the presence of 29 world series championships. And say thank you for allowing you to get your first in a million years.
...and, you one way homer, I rooted for the Red Sox in the World Series and picked them to win it... would you have done the same for the Yankees?
I think not.
I'm not scared of the Yankees, and I'm damn sure the Red Sox front office isn't afraid of the Yankees. I'm pretty sure they're more concerned with Tampa Bay.
And guess what, as we sit here on Dec 31, 2013...the Yankees AREN'T the elite anymore. They aren't in any way that you decide to slice it. It's a new world of baseball management, and massive FA overpays aren't how long term sustained success is built anymore. They're dinosaurs.
Yes the Yankees were competitive up until the end of the year last year, but they were powered by guys who are older, on short term deals, and who significantly over performed their expectations. And the core guys that they were waiting to return, are all older veteran players on the backside of their careers. They were old guys waiting for other older, but more talented guys to come back.
Granted the Red Sox won the World Series last year on the backs of older guys who outperformed expectations, but the difference is there is an infusion of young talent that was on the ML roster, and is now building up in the minors. The Yankees have NONE of that. There isn't one player in their system that you look at and think: there is a major league star, or even a good major league player.
I'm not talking about being historically elite, but of course that is the crutch that every Yankees fan falls back on when their current team is criticized. 27 RINGS!!1! (not 29 btw, you don't need 2 more). I'm sure when it comes to competing against the Yankees, no GM is bowing to their rings, or thanking them for allowing (I'm so glad the Yankees were gracious enough to let other teams win BTW, so kind) them to win. I'm sure they don't give a shit about 27 Rings.
Edit: And to illustrate my point even better then I ever could, here is a great article from Grantland: