A recent history lesson is in order. In December 2002, after being outbid by the Yankees for the services of free agent pitcher Jose Contreras, then-Sox President Larry Lucchino referred to the Yankees as the “Evil Empire”. Lucchino is largely forgotten today, but his “Star Wars” nickname has stuck. What triggered Lucchino’s ire back then, was that the Yankees had a well-earned reputation for being able to outspend any foe. Back then, the Yanks were outspending the Red Sox by around $80 million a year. Back then, the Yankees payroll was about 72% higher than that of the Red Sox.
Flash forward eight years, to the recently concluded baseball Winter Meetings. The Red Sox have become only the second team in baseball history to sign two players to nine-figure contracts for terms of seven years or greater in the same offseason. The other team? That would be the Yankees, the other “evil empire”, in 2008.
There’s a strong parallel between the Yankees’ 2008 post-season and the BoSox’s 2010 post-season. … Click here to read the rest