We tell you what the team's operating model is. We point out that the model has worked very well for Bill DeWitt Jr., whose franchise has outperformed every other mid- and small-market franchise in the industry. He understands that perennial contention translates into steady revenue for not only his ballpark, but also all of the related businesses. He has enjoyed remarkable franchise appreciation. The cash flow has remained steady, except for the pandemic years, and the team has reinvested money into downtown St. Louis when not a lot of folks are lining up to do that.
So we point out that he has no motivation to change that model. That's just reality. Some people live in a pretend world, but I don't. Some fans hate how the Cardinals operate, but attendance numbers don't lie. It's like a restaurant. Maybe you don't like the food because it's just reliably good instead of amazing, but if the restaurant is busy all the time, even on Tuesday, then the owner is not likely to roll the dice with a more daring approach. He will keep doing what he is doing.
Fans can come into our chats and rage about the model, but that won't change it. Fans can try to stage boycotts, but good luck with that.
Could DeWitt spend more money on talent. Sure. We've all written that. Is he going to suddenly spend $250 million to $300 million per year on talent and run an operating deficit to create a better-looking team on paper and appease the unhappy minority? That's super unlikely.