The New York Yankees are paying Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira collectively more than $60 million for this 2013 baseball season. You read that correctly.
In the Yankees' defense, the three players have been perennial all stars during their best seasons. They helped pace the Yankees to a World Series victory as recently as 2009 and the team has qualified for the postseason in every season since then, to boot. And the Yankees are having another terrific season in the first two months of the 2013 campaign.
Thing is, none of them has played even a single inning this season because of a series of injuries. No A-Rod. No DJ. No Tex.
As great as they have been, the Yankees don't miss them at all so far. There is a lesson here, sports fans.
And guess what? Without their well paid injured all stars, the Yankees are in first place, where they feel right at home. The Yankees have benefited from terrific pitching, particularly the indomitable closer, Mariano Rivera, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible.
Rivera is the best closer in baseball history. Case closed. The man is a bargain at any price. But the oher three? Not so much, to say the least.
The Yankees have posted an inspiring 28-16 mark so far this season because of other factors, too. The journeyman hitters who have filled in for The Big Broken Down Three have done the job consistently and without fanfare.
By modern baseball standards, the Yankees are getting their services at bargain-basement prices. (And while we're at it, have you noticed that star Yankee starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia, yet another recipient of a gargantuan salary in 2013, has been unusually inconsistent by his standards so far this season?)
Is there a lesson here for the Yankees, other sports teams and entertainment companies to observe?
Maybe they don't need to pay bloated amounts of money to people who don't produce or are on the back sides of their careers.
You can field a successful, winning lineup on the cheap.
Why should we care, as long as our beloved Yankees are winning? The high cost of the salaries is the reason why ticket prices are so out of whack at Yankees. This is why you practically have to take out a bank loan to afford an evening of baseball at the ballpark.
Perhaps the lesson is this simple: Enough of these overpaid "stars."