Here’s something to think about when people bring up payroll and how money brings in pennants.
The Diamondbacks won 94 games, overtook the World Champion Giants and nearly got into the NLCS.
The Red Sox collapsed under the weight of their overblown expectations and lousy pitching staff.
The Diamondbacks payroll was $53.6 million.
The Red Sox payroll was $161 million.
Let me put that a different way:
The Diamondbacks payroll was lower than what the Red Sox paid John Lackey, Carl Crawford, J. D. Drew and Daisuke Matsuzaka for their 2011 seasons.