9 years is a long time. We “became” Yankee fans since it’s just easy to pick the winning side.

2001 was a heart breaker particularly after 9/11, but it taught me Baseball 101: pitcher rules.

2003 was great even without the rings.

2004 was unfathomable. And it got worse.

Yankee’s $201m payroll in 2009 is actually some $7.6m less than 2008, but it’s still almost double of Phillies, and more than the 4 teams with lowest payroll combined. The 4 top teams have more payroll than the last 10. The world is unfair.

So money CAN buy happiness. You just have to spend it right.