I have been watching the best sport in the world, baseball, since 1991. The first memories I have of a World Series are from the 1991 series between the Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins. I remember Kirby Puckett's catch, I remember Kent Hrbek throwing Ron Gant off first base, I remember Danny Gladden's game winning hit, I remember John Smoltz and Jack Morris in Game 7...I remember a lot. They are all good memories. I had no rooting interest. I had no idea of the finances involved. I had no earthly idea where those players came from or how those teams acquired them. All I knew was that I enjoyed every minute that I watched those two teams play. It's just not the same anymore. Everyone likes to have someone to root against, a villian, an enemy. The great sport of baseball has a team like that. They play in the Bronx section of New York, New York and they are called the Yankees. Why do people hate the Yankees? What are their reasons? Is it because they play in a big city? Is it because of their fans? Is it the Yankees greed? Their money? It might be all of those things. I'm not gonna lie, I rooted for the Yankees in the 1996 World Series...I wanted them to beat the Braves. I had been an Atlanta fan up to that point because of the 1991 Series...and I'm still a semi-fan today. The Braves had just finished beating the Cardinals in the NLCS by coming back from a 3-1 deficit...I was bitter, I can admit it. I also respected Joe Torre from his days here. Ever since then, however, I've wished them nothing but ill-will. The Yankees are despised because they and their fans are a bunch of blind, arrogant fools who are so wrapped up in their self-conceived views of greatness that they fail to realize their team is destroying the fabric of all that is pure in baseball. The real astounding part in all of this, is that you can tell a Yankee fan this, but they'll still think you only hate the Yankees because they win. Look, I don't care if you've won 27 championships. I'd bet good money that any Yankee fan reading this at the moment is thinking to himself, "he's just jealous." And that, my poor, delusional, bandwagon-hopping, friend is exactly the problem with you and your team. Let's face it, the Yankees have been like this for a long damn time. It started with Ruth. They just have more money then everyone else. I find it amazing how many people feel the same way about this team that I do. None of my friends or family members like the Yankees and the only people who do from outside of New York are bandwagoners...plain and simple. There's nothing I can do to stop them. They'll always get the best players. Not because their organization is smart. Not because they have good people running the ship. Not because they are the class of baseball. Not because players want to go and play their. It's because they open up the check book for people. I dont want to hear about how they have so much home grown talent...there is some there. Jeter, Rivera, Cano, Chamberlain, Hughes, Posada, Melky Cabrera. Look at the people that weren't in their system... Sabathia, Burnett, A-Roid, Damon, Swisher, Teixeira, Matsui. Oh, its about the same, right? Except they are paying those guys more then anybody else can afford. Couple that with the so called "farm guys," and how much money THEY are receiving? Its ridiculous. The Yankees' payroll was an astounding $201,449,189 this season. Second place is another New York team, the Mets, at $149,373,987. So what's the solution? I dont have the answer to that. Is it a salary cap? More revenue sharing? Contracting the Yankees? No clue. Here's what I know and I'll be done ranting. I know that I hate the Yankees and if you don't, well, you suck. I live in a city where we support our baseball team no matter what and stick with them. This game shouldn't be about money, it should be about quality people and an even playing field. It's been a while since I've had to bitch about this ballclub and quite frankly, this makes me feel better. Although watching those assholes celebrate another tainted championship makes me want to puke. You're a fraud New York. Go fuck yourselves. Millz.