Good points all around. The union is incredibly strong. I dislike how much the union favors the older players. I’m all for players making a ton of money. Just seems ridiculous to pay guys the most money on the team while the player is horrible.
As moronic as the Britton decision was, that team wasn’t all that great, so they don’t go far anyway.
Manny could have made a huge difference. Who knows? McLouth homer could change the series but they still would have likely lost in the playoffs and probably that series.
I take yellow, because that would have had positive ramifications for several years, whereas blue, which is second place, maybe gets us past KC (maybe, as w were swept) and maybe gives us a chance against the Giants in the WS. Yellow for me.
Orioles did offer Cruz a contract, IIRC. I believe they offered him a 3-year deal, which seemed reasonable considering his age. It was a bit of a surprise that he got a 4-year deal from Seattle. There really wasn't much of an outcry over the Orioles not going 4 years. It seemed like a prudent decision at the time.