Part of the business is making money and that includes loyalty to more than just laundry. We have never seen in Boston a winning team that wasn't supported, probably in part because of the long drought. But the Braves and Rays represent teams that have long histories of fielding winning teams and yet fan interest stays well below capacity. I just can't embrace "root for the laundry". The Red Sox probably would have been a better team from 1980 to 1983 if they'd let Yaz finish his career somewhere else, but they'd be a lesser franchise.LahoudOrBillyC said:
What Epstein and Henry have said, and evidence backs this up, is that they screwed up terribly in 2009-2010 by caving in to the Monster (Theo's word choice) rather than keeping their eye on the long-term health of the organization. Henry has said that he has learned from this, and the person running baseball ops is a player development guy. Let me spell this out. 2009-2011 = cave-in to dumb fans. 2012-future = run our business properly and stop listening to ignorami.
Of course, this has nothing to do with payroll, which remains one of the highest in the game and will always be. They know that there are still going to dumb fans who equate "not signing 32-year-old ex-All-Stars" with "going cheap." The 2013 team had a huge payroll.