The Waldorf Astoria looks like the perfect backdrop for players from the old days of baseball (we can easily picture Micky Mantle sipping a scotch here), but this 1,300-room, tourist-ridden property hardly provides the quiet, low-key setting required of today's 162-game schedule. The Ritz-Carlton delivers the modern comfort and elegance that today's professional athlete looks for. Most importantly, the rooms are nicer, and provide a better place to rest and prepare for a game. Sorry, Red Sox -- you may be in the center of it all at The Waldorf, but the Yankees will be well rested and focused when they play next week's games in Boston. No wonder they're first in the AL East.
Winner: Ritz-Carlton Boston Common