Tampa Bay Rays Vs. Philadelphia Phillies: What a Tragedy!

Justin ZuckerCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2008

You certainly can't please everyone but this is getting ridiculous!

Major League Baseball seems to have two very large sets of disgruntled fans.  The first set are the fans that can't stop complaining about the teams that spend inordinate amounts of money to improve.  You know who they are:  Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, etc.  The second set, and more annoying of the two, are the fans who complain whenever a team that does not get lumped into the first set makes it to the World Series.

For the past ten years, all I have heard is that MLB is unfair.  There is no salary cap and therefore the small market teams can't compete.  Money has thrown the league out of whack and it is no longer fun to watch.  Let it be known that I generally agree with this train of thought even though I am a Yankee fan.

I haven't seen the balance sheets of any of these teams and I do happen to think that the plight is very much exaggerated.  I think that many of the owners have the money to invest in salaries and improve their club.  I also believe that personal greed and stubbornness play a big part in their failures.

I understand the resentment, the anger, and the frustration.  If I was a Kansas City Royals fan I would be sick.  Every day of every year.  Sick to my stomach and embarrassed.

However, I am now hearing the same people complaining.  Nobody cares about a Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia World Series.  Nobody is going to be interested in these games.  Nobody will watch. 

What is it that you want?

These are the two best teams in baseball.  Each won their division.  Each team plays all phases of the game very well.  And each manager could be considered for manager of the year.  They are both great stories.  

People, you can't have it both ways.  You can't complain about the big market clubs dominating the league, and then turn the television off when the small market teams get into the Series.

Turn on the television.  Watch these two teams play.  Enjoy the stars that are all over the field.  Jimmy Rollins.  Ryan Howard.  B.J. Upton.  Carl Crawford.  Evan Longoria. 

That's an abbreviated list.  They may not be household names, but they can all play the game and play it well. 

Watch the games and stop complaining. 

I promise you will enjoy it.