Drayton Mclane has a net worth of 1.2 billion dollars (2009 forbes). George Steinbrenner has a net worth of 1.1 billion dollars.
McLane owns businesses that add to his wealth. Steinbrenner's money comes from the Yankees
Steinbrenner has a payroll of (roughly) 200+ million dollars. McLane is looking at somewhere around 90 million for 2010
The Yankees are always in the mix for free agents, the Astros are hardly ever in the mix.
The Yankess are always a contender
The Astros....well I think it's safe to say; are not.
Our owner has a higher net worth than the guy who spends more freely than any other owner and we can't "afford" half of his payroll??? I agree that Drayton has the right to spend as he sees fit, but if you want to do right by your customers (the fans) you have to go get good players.
If you're going to put crap on the field you should expect "crops" not wins.