Yes, it is Steinbrenner's money that bought the team, but it is the team's money that is spent today. George might sign the check, but nothing is coming out of his pocket. Let's stop putting George up on this pedestal that he bravely puts his own money into the payroll. He does not. Yes, he made a wise investment and does take that TV contract money and re-invests it on the team. Both wise moves.
Selig did not do anything because he is weak and the owners (all of them) have the anti-trust exemption and this prevents them from opening their books to the players union. As I said before the only thing baseball does right is the playoffs.
Point 1 and 2) No we were worrying when we had to trot out 39 yo 5 plus ERA Burkett to win a crucial games for us in both the ALDS and ALCS. Plus we were worried when we have to bring in a knuckle ball pitcher to start 2 games and keep us in another instead of a 12 million dollar starter. As I said above, the difference in the two teams is the pitching and that is where the extra millions are spent. That is why the Yanks have seven starting pitchers.
The difference in the series was the coach on the bench. As bad the bullpen was this season, it was that good in the post season with Timlin 0.00 ERA 9.2 IP, Embree 1-0 0.00 ERA 6.2 IP, Arroyo 2.70 ERA 3.1 IP and Williamson 2-0 1.13 ERA 8 IP 3 SVs. No the idiot coach actually had the weapons to keep the Yanks at bay and made the wrong decision.
As I said above, the Sox do not have the opportunity to devlop players slowly. We have to compete with the Yanks for the one guranteed playoff spot in the division. Finishing second int he AL East is not a guranted a the second wildcard. First time it has happened in 5 years.