Money can't buy happiness. But, as Rhett Butler told Scarlett O'Hara, it can buy the most amusing substitutes.

With Indians manager Terry Francona, it probably was enough to put him into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hand-wringing about the Boston Red Sox trade of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919, the so-called "Curse of the Bambino," became a cottage industry for writers in New England. The struggles of the Red Sox followed themes of Nemesis and Puritan denial. No lead was safe in Fenway Park.

They should have followed the money instead.