I bring this up because there has been a lot of jawing about the Yankees buying the World Series. I suppose that's one cynical way to look at it, but the FACT is, they have had the highest payroll, since what, the beginning of the sport? Have they won every World Series? No.
This year the Phillies are ranked 7th in team payroll with $113,004,046 to the Yankees $201,449,189 for a disparity of $88,445,143, or basically, a little more than 50% of C.C Sabbathia's 7-year, $161M contract.
Here is the breakdown since 1999. Enjoy the game regardless!