The As have the same won-lost record as the Yankees with 1/4 the payroll. That is the kind of austerity I can get behind, because it is austerity based on statistics. But what is remarkable is that after Michael Lewis' Moneyball ( a terrific book) and Bennett Miller's Moneyball ( the highly enjoyable movie version of the book), what Beane is doing is no secret, and yet most other teams have not been able to figure it out, showing that information inefficiencies can stick around for a long time.
The Red Sox were able to combine money with moneyball for awhile to banish to curse of Ruth, but, well, not reason to dwell on others' misery.
(BTW, even though I have only lived in LA for four years, I have been a Dodger fan for much longer, because my wife, a native Angelino, grew up in a Dodger household. Giving up the Cubs was not a hard thing to do).