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I think Hank Steinbrenner should be seen and not heard.  Whether he was right or not....and I say NOT, he just shouldn't be talking.  Yes, I'm a Red Sox fan, but that's not why I'm writing this.  Yes, I hate the Yankees and.....of course that's why I'm writing this.  Seriously, I don't hate all things "Yankees" just the owners.  My first point is: the only team that is "America's Team" is the one that represents the U.S.A. at the olympics.  The term "Red Sox Nation" is just a phrase for Red Sox fans in and around the Boston area.  The term "Yankees Empire", you'll notice I left off "evil", is just a phrase for those fans in NY.  Second point: I don't believe attendance is the sole measure of greatness, unless you can say everyone in attendance is a true yankees fan or Red Sox fan.  Even then the attendance is based on gate receipts and from season ticket holders.  Not all season ticket holders are at every game, but they are counted anyway. When you have a city as large and populated as NY you're bound to get a bigger attendance. There might be 25-30% Mets fans, if their team is out of town.  As far as popularity, I think the Yankess and Red Sox are on the same level.  Now if Steinbrenner had compared his team with say....Tampa Bay, then yeah he might be right  there.  Third point: We need to get more competitive teams.  The 2007 payroll for the Yankees was around 195+ Million and Tampa Bay was around 24+ Million. Can you say A-Rod!!!!  We need more then 10 contending teams and 20 playing for fun. 

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