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Cubs phenomenon simply couldnt have happened without a massive surge in spending. In the last two years, per Baseball Prospectus, the Cubs payroll mushroomed from $92 million to over $171M, representing an 86% increase over their 2014 payroll. The Cubs are now the NL Central representatives in the
high society club of big-city-spenders, along with the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers. And, ok, it was smarter money than they spent in 2009, when the Cubs had a payroll farther above league average than this years and still didnt make the playoffs. And they did beat the highest-paid team in the league in this year, those Dodgers, to get the to the World Series. But Chicagos payroll spike cant be ignored. Ive kind of despised the Yankees for
a long time, specifically
because every offseason for years on end it was generally guaranteed that every team not based in the Bronx would have to pick from the free agent leftovers after Brian Cashman et al doled out nauseating piles of money to the cream of the available crop. More importantly, though, I hated them because, as a Cardinals fan I know that theres a special kind of satisfaction that comes from earning a championship rather than buying one.
Spotlight Story Kobe Bryant Had a Singular Impact on His Game and the World Bryant died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, along with his daughter Gianna Whoa hey man, we Cubs earned this title as much as any other team before us! Get off your high horse, whiny Cardinals guy!
Okay, sure, your players went out and played well, had a semi-dramatic comeback from a
three-games-to-one deficit, and ended the longest title drought in major sports. But itd be way more impressive if that had been accomplished on a payroll more like that of the Indians (closer to the league bottom at $96m), or merely by drafting well, making painful roster decisions and adding key mid-level players. In 2012, the cost-conscious Cardinals didnt skip a beat after losing marquee player Albert Pujols to free agency: they were a game away from the World Series, losing in seven to eventual champs the Giants, and then succeeded in making a World Series appearance themselves in 2013. Big money be damned.
So maybe Im now all sour grapes and whatnot. Indeed, there was palpable disgust and dismay in St. Louis when the traitorous Jason Heyward became the Cubs biggest offseason signee. And to be fair, in the end, he factored far more into the Cubs budget than he contributed to their crowning moment. Nonetheless, players often talk about the net-positive psychological effect on a clubhouse when ownership makes it rain gold. Big money compels big hype and grandiose thinking. For what its worth, I do not1987年属什么生肖年 represent Cardinals Nation. Most of us are fa
ns of the game as much as our team, and there are plenty who are actually quite happy for the Cubs. Indeed, up until this season, I counted myself among them. But the Cubs have become the hard-working neighbor kid whose soul disappeared when he got a fat inher
itance. I guess thats what really bothers me. The 2016 World Series winners dont feel like a Cubs team. And while thats exactly what they and their city wantedto be redeemed at all costsmany of the rest of us didnt. Well, I didnt anyway. P.S. That Eddie Vedder rally song is really not good. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world's leading voices, providing commentary on events in news, society, and culture. We welcome outside contributions. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors.