Not from my end. His story was uplifting at a time when we really needed uplifting.
The Cardinals? Well, let's see what baseball revenues look like in 2021 and what the projections are for 2022. This franchise could go from making lots of money to losing lots of money if fans either can't return in great number or choose not because the pandemic lingered long enought to change consumer interest in jamming into ballparks.
I believe sports will return in June with golf, albeit with no galleries. And I do believe we will see some form of made-for-TV baseball, hockey and basketball later on in the summer.
The owners and players have an arrangement now that is clearly a partnership. And that is the only way forward. Business has been good for both sides. So I believe there is enough trust built up now to keep the two sides working together to find sensible common ground.
Bob Dylan is, what, 114 years old and he was still touring before the pandemic. Guys who like to play will keep playing as long as people want to hear them.
Actually, I have to give a shoutout to the people in corporate. We are working together through this crisis to put out the best product we can. We're all going to take turns taking some time off to help with the cost containment, but the company is committed to remaining operational while we try to get to the other side of this thing.
There have been some good $200 million-plus deals: Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw have been worth it. Christian Yelich might become a real bargain at $215 million, assuming the baseball gets its business back within a few years. But there are plenty of duds: Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera . . .
Nothing is off the table at this point. None of the big sports enterprises is eager to shut down for entire season. We've seen leagues come back from strikes before and do just fine, but this challenge could be greater because consumer behavior might change permanently. Given the uncertain future, these sports leagues want to stay engaged with fans.
No kidding. The Tigers have such a great history and to see how far that franchise has fallen is distressing. That 2006 World Series must seem like a different lifetime for long-time fans in the Motor City.
Dunn is certainly an interesting case. Will he ever get the big money here or will he eventually become extraneous and/or too expensive. I see Scandella as simply the Bouwmeester replacment, but Perunovich is a unique prospect and that makes you wonder about Dunn. On the other hand, the Blues can expose Faulk in the expansion draft and protect Pietrangelo (if he stays), Parayko and Dunn.
Ah, what could have been. Had they kept going and had there been no pandemic, I bet people would have turned out for the championship rally if for no other reason than to drink beer and have fun,
Jordan was a maniacal competitor and that could be tough on teammates. But he was also super-intelligent and charming. And, really, anybody THAT driven can be difficult to be around at times.
Chris Davis had a great small smaple size and Dexter had a terrible small sample size. So who knows. And with his lay off, it will be interesting to how that impacts all of these guys. Training as players would during the offseason has been difficult during the shutdown.
As I note in every chat, the NFL's return here depends on some billionaire coming along to buy a team and insisting on putting it here, hell or high water., and funding his own stadium. Expansion won't be on the table any time soon, especially after this pandemic causes the league real economic damage.
I was outside Frankfurt for a summer, 1978, as an intern for Stars and Stripes -- the newspaper for military personnel. I covered stuff like soccer matches between Air Force base teams. The Air Force bases were really, really nice. The Army bases . . . not so much. Back then the Germans weren't thrilled having so many U.S. soliders on their soil and some of the bars wouldn't serve you if they suspected you were an American. I got the phrase "Ein Bier" down pat.
Big Buff might make a comeback. He decided to walk away at a time when his inability to get back to full strength left him frustrated. Presumably he is 100 percent now and feeling refreshed. Then again, Byfuglien has made his money in the sport and he is very much his own guy. His heart and his gut will tell him if he wants to make another run. Since he could pick his team, that could make his comeback more likely.
That's a question for the Commish. Obviously I saw Gibson pitch and he is at the head of the list. Wainwright's longevity gets him there and Dizzy Dean has to be on that list too. The other two spots . . . I don't know. Silver King? Ice Box Chamberlain? I'm old, but I am not that old.
Can you imagine Harold trying to keep up with the game at today's pace? That sounds like a sitcome. Harold is a time traveler who materializes on the blue line for the Blues in 2020. And here comes Connor McDavid!