Bobo's here. Ballplayers are welcome. Hand sanitizer is on the table to the right. No spitting please.
Bob Pettit, a chat favorite, talks about Lenny's time in the STL.
I believe the two positions were $200 million to $300 million apart at last check. That is not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things. The middle point for games played (65) and everything else is just sitting there. Get there already. Geesh.
That's somewhat true. Owners will inevitably push their ticket/merchandise/concession pricing as far as the market will allow. Athletes have short careers, so they want to make as much as they can while they can. Both sides do appreciate fans, but they look after themselves first in a sometimes treacherous busness.
I usually side with the players, but I lean slightly to the owners this time. Playing with zero fans is a huge deal. That's $140 million to the Cardinals. The owners won the 2016 bargaining and, as a result, it seems the players are being extra stubborn now. Agent Scott Boras is driving some of that. MLBPA czar Tony Clark has been feeling heat for some time and that impacted bargaining. But there's plenty of blame on the owners too.
You know, I haven't gotten into that yet. Maybe it's because I feel some guilt for enjoying the McGwiremania hoopla as much as I did.
I agree that sports just provides a diversion. We're dealing with so much right now -- an ongoing pandemic, massive damage to the economy, long-term job uncertainly and tremendous social unrest -- that it's silly to think Our National Pastime can save us. Like you say, commununity rebuilding will save us. People confronting tough issues and coming together will save us. If somewhere in there baseball returns and Matt Carpenter starts hitting to all fields again, then great.
To some degree, the pandemic has allowed both sides to flex a bit because they knew that games would be lost anyway. And now, just as the two sides finally inched closer, the reality of the virus spread hit.
I imagine every team will have to do some measure of ticket discounting and fan appreciation specials to get people back in the stands. And the virus will play a big part of that unless a vaccine and herd immunity pushes it into the back of people's minds. As for DeWitt, he followed through with his Ballpark Village commitment to St. Louis and he's baseball product has been consistently good.
Yeah, well, this is a business. Now that teams are worth at least $1 billion, Our National Pastime is more corporate than ever. The commissioner's job is to make deals that drive the industry to greater heights.
Bill Bidwill loved St. Louis. I think he would have signed a long-term lease if he got a stadium. But the St. Louis establishment regarded Bidwill as a buffoon, with some justification, and Mr. Bill didn't much appreciate that treatment. He took his football team and went to the desert . . . where he didn't get a new stadium for some time.
Dr. Doom settled in Colorado after his playing days, had four kids and later got inducted into the Texas A&I Hall of Fame. That's about all I could find quickly.
Michael Bidwill did a masterful job. He turned the organization into a first-rrate operation. That stadium is just spectacular.