The Red Sox are hot right now. That is for certain. They have a high payroll and loyal fans around the nation. But what about the other guys? What about the Astros fans right now that are swearing off going to games this year because they are clearly the worst team in baseball. If you flip the script and put the Astros in the playoffs, tickets would become scarce.
Take this same type of fan and they are the same fans that scold the Red Sox and Yankees for "Buying the Best Players". In Boston and New York, tickets are hard to come by, even in their "down" years. Aside from the development of minor league talent, the equation is very simple. The more games fans attend, the more money the team has to spend on quality free agents. I find it hard to give respect to the Steelers fan that shuns the Pirates and instead, roots for the Yankees with no ties to New York. As a matter of fact, the luxury tax the big market teams pay go to the small market teams in order to give them a hand.
Rooting for a bad team in sports is the only time rooting for a bad product is admirable. I see no logic in choosing to skip the Royals and A's games when tickets are $8. So until then, bandwagon fans, please refrain from complaining about the high payroll of the Red Sox and Yankees. But instead, show some respect to the fans that helped get them there.