The Yankees domination of the ALCS & their $186 million payroll should ensure that MLB "salary cap" talks will be on every small & medium market team owners agenda for the off season.
We had this two years ago. Everyone wanted to stop the Yankees, and so we ended up with this luxury tax (which EVERY team except the Yankees agreed to). The Yanks pay their fare share of the tax, and that's that. I have zero sympathy for owners who are rolling in money (and there are several) and yet refuse to spend enough to give their fans a good team (I do have sympathy for the fans though). The Yankees have their own TV
network, huge licensing deals, and all that other stuff that makes them huge amounts of money for one reason: they win enough to support it. Sometimes you have to spend money to make it, and Steinbrenner understands that. I guarantee that if the Kansas City Royals (who are owned by the former owner of Walmart IIRC, so money is no problem there) decided in the off-season to get Pedro, Randy Johnson, Carlos Beltran, and a few other big-name free agents, they would get 35,000-40,000 people a game, and eventually, it would pay for itself in revenue. Most of the owners can spend enough to compete with the Yankees. Not many do. And for those who can, but don't, there's a tiny violin playing somewhere just for them.
Besides which, the Red Sox do have a good team (and a high payroll). The fact that they appear to have been sending their evil twins to the games doesn't change that. You can't blame the way this series has gone on the Yankees' payroll.
Which brings up the next point, if the Yanks do end up sweeping, will the Sox faithful be calling for Francona's head? Their team has played so badly, and there's got to be some reason for it.