So I am starting to see some light in this tunnel we know as the Major League Baseball playoffs. What's amazing to me is that there seems to be no one else who sees this light that I do.
What I mean is that the Red Sox are starting to emulate the Yankees in my opinion. I remember a time when everybody was complaining about how the Yankees won title after title at the end of the 90s. The team was loaded with talented players, some of which will end up in the Hall of Fame: Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettite just to name a few.
Currently, the Red Sox are playing in the ALCS against the up and coming Tampa Bay Rays. Many people expect them to win the series and I do not think that either the Dodgers or the Phillies can beat them in the World Series, granted they make it there. The Red Sox are the only team to win multiple titles in the last 8 years. The last 8 champions are: 2000 Yankees, 2001 Diamondbacks, 2002 Angels, 2003 Marlins, 2005 Red Sox, 2006 Cardinals, 2007 Red Sox, 2008 Red Sox?
If you ask me, the Red Sox are becoming what the Yankees were. I don't know why no one seems to say this out loud. Everyone was willing to rag on the Yankees when they were winning all those titles, but no one seems to want to do it to the Red Sox. Another thing, the Yankees won those titles on a smaller payroll than they have now. The Red Sox payroll last year was about $143 million. By comparison, the Yankees 2000 payroll was just short of $93 million.
In conclusion, I just think that what the Red Sox used to and still do call the "Evil Empire" is almost coming to symbolize them. I don't know how many people will agree with me, and I don't really care. I just want to get a thought out there to spark some debate and get some thinking going.