This is such a stupid statement in so many ways. The Yankees did not buy a championship. Sure, some of the key pieces were free agent signings. It remains a fact that some the most important players on the Yankees were not free agent signings.
Cano, Jeter, Swisher, Gardner, Cabrera, Rodriguez, Posada, Rivera, Joba, Cervelli, Molina, Hughes, Marte, Pena, Hairston, Aceves, Coke, Bruney and Hinske were all out of the Yankees Minor League system or traded for.
The point is that the Yankees produce tons of talent. Why should they get so much heat because they are able to re-sign their homegrown players or trade them for better ones?
Also, another example of being unable to buy wins would be the Mets. They have had the highest payroll in the NL the past 3 years and failed to make the playoffs. They were 2nd to the Yankees last year and finished fourth.
The point is that championships can not be bought.
they've bought quite a few, actually. thank god the nhl has a cap.
Sather tried to buy championships. The main difference is, as someone said, Steinbrenner's prime venture was the Yankees, where Dolan's isn't, and Sather's isn't. He owns other businesses in Alberta. He tried to do what Steinbrenner did, problem is, he seems to have stopped paying attention circa '97. He didn't get that those all-world players were 35 and up by 2002, and thought he constructed powerhouse teams. We all know that what he really created was a luxury retirement complex. Wade Redden of today is the last of that generation of players with bad attitudes and huge paychecks.
Sather would've won as often as Steinbrenner had he paid closer attention. And for what it's worth, I get the suspicion that Sather (and even Dolan for that matter) are probably more decent human beings than Steinbrenner ever was. But, every billionaire has blood on his hands by day's end, right?