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New York, New York
November 8, 2009 - John Mehno
New York is my favorite place to visit. I've been there at least 60 times, and I've never failed to enjoy myself. New York not only has everything you could ever want, it has plenty of it. You want a complete Chinese meal at 3 a.m.? You'll have your choice of places.
I don't claim to be an expert, but one thing I've discovered is that despite its size and self-image of sophistication, New York is really the country's biggest small town. That's especially true when it comes to sports.
This has been on display in recent days as some New York columnists try to make a case for the Yankees' success being tied to their baseball acumen. Joel Sherman in the NY Post praises manager Joe Girardi for improving the clubhouse atmosphere.
There's no question that playing for the Yankees is a unique experience. But playing for the Yankees also means you can miss the playoffs, then go out and buy the three best players (CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira) on the free agent market and have a better season. Yeah, you can screw up the big payroll thing. The Yankees have in the past.
But it's a nice luxury to know that you can spend your way out of whatever mistakes you make, too.
Make no mistake, the Yankees are good and they run a quality organization. But for $201 million in major league payroll, they damn well ought to.