2003 World Series Champions: Florida Marlins
In 2003, the Yankees played in the World Series yet again. This time, however, they played Goliath to the Florida Marlins’ David, falling four games to two.
The Yanks outspent every other team in the MLB with a payroll topping $153.77 million — more than $35 million ahead of the next-highest spender. The Marlins, on the other hand, spent fewer dollars than all but five other teams. Their $47.85 million payroll was less than one-third of that spent by their pinstriped rivals.
Marlins pitcher Josh Beckett took home that year’s Series MVP. Over the course of his career, Beckett would go on to earn nearly $125 million on the field.