Say what you will about the two day break between the final game of the ALDS and the first game of the ALCS, but at least it builds a level of anticipation that might not have otherwise developed.

The Texas Rangers host the New York Yankees tonight at 8:00 PM EST.  We’ll have our preview up later today, but in the meantime let’s bask in just how different these organizations are.

The New York Yankees, as you’re well aware if you’ve ever met one of their fans or read a New York newspaper, are the winningest franchise in MLB history with 27 World Series titles.  The Texas Rangers are the oldest professional franchise in North American sports to have never won a championship.  The Rangers hadn’t even won a playoff series until Tuesday night.  The Yankees have won 40 American League pennants.

When the first pitch hits the catcher’s mitt this evening, it will mark the greatest disparity in payrolls between two teams competing in a playoff series.  The difference in total salaries between the Yankees and Rangers?  Try $152 million.  That means that the Rangers could triple every current player’s salary, sign Mark Teixeira away from the Yankees, and still have a lower payroll.

You normally expect things from Texas to be bigger, like toast and illiteracy rates, but in this case, the Rangers are an emaciated David to a well-fed Goliath.

And The Rest

The Yankees really don’t want you to know what a horrible person George Steinbrenner was because that would like totally alter our opinions of him.

New Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez once helped an undergrad student with her essay on Moneyball.

Another reason for the lower scoring games this year could be that umpires have gotten a whole lot better at calling low strikes.

If quoting Ric Flair made people champions, 50% of my friends would be a lot better off than they are.  Wooo!

Want to run a Fantasy League that doesn’t rely on the normal Rotisserie stats?  You could do worse than following this advice.  How’s that for an endorsement?

A funny thing to do while watching the Texas Rangers play:  Whenever Jeff Francoeur makes any sort of play, no matter how mundane, yell, “Clutch!”

I wonder if the Yankees have considered setting Elvis Andrus up with a pretty hairdresser.

There’s an awful lot of free agents coming from the Tampa Bay Rays roster.

Romper, bomper, stomper boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. Magic Mirror, tell me today, have all my friends had fun at play?  I see Timmy and Matty and Panda too.

You gotta Joe when to hold ‘em.

Finally, are there ulterior motives to the Yankees not complaining about Cliff Lee’s suspiciously stained hat?