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Go, Astros For Astros fans, October is already month after Houston made it to the World Series, thanks to a walk-off two-run homer smacked into the stands last Saturday by the Venezuelan Jose Altuve, who has shown the world that a guy standing 5’ 6” tall can indeed play in the majors. The New York Yankees, however, which proved the foil to Altuve’s bat Saturday, is a story worth telling even though they lost the play-off game. The story revolves around money, well laid out in a sports piece published in The Wall Street Journal Oct. 20. Over the past decade, the Yanks have spent more than $2 billion – TWO BILLION DOLLARS -- on player salaries, yet haven’t made it to the World Series once during that same period. Last time they played in the Series was in 2009, when they beat the Phillies, four games to two. That 10-year dry spell, by the way, represents the first time since the 1910s that the Bronx Bombers have gone a complete decade without playing in the Fall Classic. Simply amazing. Not only has New York spent more than $2 billion on player salaries during the past 10 years, but the team has also paid the salaries of eight current and/or possible Hall of Famers; and it’s probably easy to say, those guys don’t come cheap. According to the WSJ story, there is another irony tied to the Yankees’ performance over the past 10 years. The team has won 921 games, which bests any other team in the majors. They also made it to the playoffs more than any other team in the past decade: seven. Yet, they couldn’t make it to the big enchilada: the World Series. As the WSJ story relates: “They have become the sort of franchise (NY Yankee) fans used to mock: great in every way but the one that counts (at least making it to the World Series).” Funny how sports can be. A team can be great, a quarterback in football can be great, let’s say, but unless they can win the Big Prize, whether it’s the Super Bowl, the World Series, or the NBA Championship, they’re considered a loser. For the Yankees, not making it to the World Series during the past decade, much less winning it, is particularly hard for fans to accept simply because the Yanks have won it all previously 27 times, which makes the team America’s ...

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