I understand where you're coming from, and I appreciate that you've been a long time reader. I don't think it works entirely like you've described, and that's because with the paper there is also the factor of history that goes with it and the responsibility of being a newspaper of record and the pride that the paper clearly takes in investing time, money, and reporters in the baseball coverage. So, it's symbiotic, right? But history is a driving factor. With Ballys, it seems like the team has the biggest leverage as a business partner to force change.
The last sentences you wrote gave me pause. I am unsure why any of us would walk away from our jobs given how fantastic and rare they are and how much it took and too away from our families to get there. I think you'd find when it comes to writers, we are readily replaceable. Our Value Over Replacement Writer (VORW?) Value Over Replacement Chatter?) is not as high as a broadcaster who is in demand and would have other opportunities while also widely -- even universally -- seen as the television voice of a team.
The commitment that the Post-Dispatch made to continue Cardinals coverage, to be on the road with the team, and not to miss a moment from 2020 through today is something I'm honored to have been entrusted with, and I don't take that lightly. I had to make a return on their promise to readers. Just being present wasn't enough. I had to make it worth it to the paper and the readers.