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Florida Marlins win it with much less money

by John Miller

MANGAING EDITOR

This and that:

GOOD TO SEE: New York Yankee fans won't like this comment, but it was great to see the Florida Marlins win the World Series.

As one who is tired of overpriced, crybaby professional athletes, it did my heart good to see the underdog Marlins, with a payroll less than one-third of the Yankees, beat the boys from New York.

Although Florida's $54 million payroll isn't chump change, it pales in comparison to the Yankees with their bloated salaries totaling $185 million.

It's safe to say owner George Steinbrenner will purge the Yankees of those high-priced players who didn't produce. But he will just spend more to try to win the Series again.

There was a day when the Yankees' 26 World Series titles inspired awe. Rightfully so, since many of those titles were won long ago when baseball players were in it as much for the love of the game as the money. Back in those days, players even held second jobs -- and I'm not talking about doing television commercials or movies.

Now, if the Yankees win, it's expected since they spend more money to bring in the "top" talent.

If nothing else, the 2003 Yankees proved the adage that "money doesn't solve everything."

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: While Clarksburg leaders should be applauded for their efforts to honor area military serving to keep us free, it would seem like a better idea to include the ceremony with those planned for Veterans Day.

Some spectators told us they were disappointed by the turnout for this past Saturday's event. While there were many people there with past and present military connections, as well as a cadre of politicians, the event didn't draw many others.

Hopefully, more of us will find the time to honor our veterans -- past and present -- during upcoming Veterans Day events.

"GOOD BOY" GOOD MOVIE: OK, call me a sucker for a movie about dogs, but I enjoyed a recent trip to the movie theater with a couple of my grandchildren.

We caught a matinee of "Good Boy," a movie about a boy and his dog. This isn't a typical "boy and his dog" movie, and some will rightfully say the plot was a little far-fetched.

Who cares? It was still an endearing story with plenty of great dogs and a nice acting job by Liam Aiken in the main human role.

I'm no Roger Ebert. And I'm sure there are probably better movies playing locally, but for a rainy Sunday afternoon, it was time -- and money -- well spent.

Managing Editor John G. Miller can be reached at 626-1473 or by e-mail at jmiller@exponent-telegram.com