Last Sunday I was with my wife at the Yankees-Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre (Skydome), one day after Mariano Rivera tied Trevor Hoffman for the saves record. The following day the Yankees were going to play one game in Yankee Stadium against the weak Minnesota Twins, then leaving to play against the powerful Rays and Red Sox. Anyways, I predicted that the game was going to intentionally be lost since the Yankees would be able to make a killing in revenue off memorabilia sales from Rivera’s save in front of a packed crowd.
Guess what? I was right! Joe Girardi, the Yanks manager, benched three of his best hitters that game: Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, and Mark Texeira. The game was in a way fixed in order that Rivera wouldn’t get a save opportunity, and everyone faltered in a 3-0 loss to the Jays.
Forget the fact that the Yankees didn’t clinch the pennant yet and now they have to face two of the toughest teams to beat. Baseball is first and foremost a business. Money comes before pennant races.