I liked this comment by Simmons on Friday about the Red Sox bid for the Japenese pitcher:"3. Back in the day, I liked being the underdog to the Yanks -- they were the ones that broke the bank, we were the ones that played by the rules, and even though we were spending crazy amounts of money, it never really felt that way. Then the Manny contract changed that perception, followed by Schilling (everyone forgets this now, but Boston was one of only two teams that could afford him) and all the ridiculous contracts that followed over the next 3-4 years. Now we're conditionally spending $51.1 million just to bid on a Japanese player. We're no different than the Yankees anymore. We've become what we always despised and resented. It's a little disconcerting."Thought it was a good point. I am looking forward to your bball preview and will comment accordingly. I actually think the big 12 is weaker this year than last but we will see.
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