The 2007-2008 season was full of surprises. Another year of people saying the top teams were going to win. The Yankees and the Red Sox would be playing again, in a chance to go to the World Series. Well, folks were wrong again.
The Tampa Bay Rays, yes the $30 million payroll team, the team that averages 10 thousand people per game (if that) beat out the New York Yankees, a team that has the highest payroll in the game. The Rays also beat out the Boston Red Sox, another team with a high payroll in a big city.
That wasn't the end of it. What about the Philadelphia Phillies, a team that has a pretty average payroll beating out another New York team? Or what about the Milwaukee Brewers beating out the Mets for the Wild Card?
Each and every season, we see things like this happen. We see underdogs going to the playoffs, teams who have a pretty average fan base, teams who have a small market.
To me, this is why I love baseball, seeing teams like the Yankees and the Mets fail each season. I love to laugh at Cubs fans who continue to go over 100 years without a World Series title. Baseball just wouldn't be the same with a salary cap.
The Rays, Phillies, Brewers are just a few of the examples taht show what baseball is truly about. It shows you with a little luck, a little skill, and a little dedication, that the underdogs can beat out teams like the Red Sox, Mets, and Yankees.
Teams can build through the draft with players like Evan Longoria, Ryan Braun, and Prince Fielder. Despite this, we still get the same teams who finish last, like the Royals. We get general managers who still don't get it, who wouldn't know how to build a team, even if they had a $200 million payroll.
Well, folks, baseball is just fine without a salary cap.