How would you like to spend years waiting for a prospect to develop, sticking through his ups and downs and then, when he reaches his potential, have him poached by the Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers at the trade deadline? It's like dating a "Plain Jane" as a freshman and then she dumps you for the captain of the football team when she finally starts to resemble her hot mom. You saw the potential and someone else reaped the benefits. That's been the reality for hardball fans in Kansas City, Oakland, and Pittsburgh throughout recent history. You can have your title but you did it with mercenaries that others developed. If that makes you proud to be a Yankees fan, so be it.