People root for a franchise, especially if it's history has created great memories for fans. The uniform symbolizes a lot of things about that franchise for the fervent fan.
No, but the Cup victory triggered a hell of a party. And it did strengthen the franchise for the next several seasons, which was nice.
And if you took little Timmy down to the parade and, say, Brayden Schenn graciously grabbed your beer, took a gulp and then sprayed Timmy with a glorious beer geyser, that's the sort of thing that can inspire a whole generation of young people.
I'll guess for a 70-game season, starting in July.
Most sports fans see sports as a regular diversion in life, a hobby that helps balance out things. It's something they can have fun with and share with family and friends.
Hey, what's with these hot dog guns . . .
It would have an impact. A lot fans woud dabble in it, especially if they can make prop bets off phone applications during a game. People who bet know would have an easier time of it. Big sports books at casinos would draw a crowd. Sports bars would love to get in on this action.
I can't imagine him doing a ceremonial stint just to get milestone. He is as proud as they come. If Albert still thinks he can play, he will want to play.
St. Louisans are good that way. I guess we're more soft-hearted than other fan bases.
See, Pete Rose was just ahead of his time! I used to laugh at pro sports leagues acting like gambling didn't exist. There's a lot of money to made in wagering and we're about to see that come to life in big ways. The XFL was a trend-setter that way, but that piece wasn't big enough to keep it going.
Both are true. For instance, St. Louis has a soccer heritage and a high number of young people playing competitively. This market has always been a natural for the MLS and it finally got the right owner. Sports can draw people to the city. Look at what Busch Stadiuma and Ballpark Village do for downtown.
Collateral damage. But once the states get a taste of this coin, they will wonder what took so long. Gambling could really help baseball. It could give fans something to do rather than reflexively clap their hands at the stupid "Everbody clap you hands" prompt.
I do think so, but I don't know if it will happen in his lifetime.
Most of the data on baseball revenues/operating income/franchise apprecation is readily available. Forbes breaks it down pretty well every year.
Sports franchises are just one aspect of life within a region. Affordability, the job market, school quality, higher education, parks and recreation, climate, cultural scene (art, music, drama), crime rate, faith community, mass transit/traffic, ethnic diversity . . . there are many variables. Some matter to people more than others.
I dunno, how good is your food?
A trip to the stadium is not cheap. Once fans are allowed back, I bet we see a LOT of ticket discouning and some concession specials as well. MLB will face a long road back, like many businesses.
Sure it's tainted. There was wholesale juicing in baseball, so those homer totals deserve an asterisk.
I don't believe they have pulled their names out, but Pinson has indicated he was returning and there's every indication that Tilmon will as well. There is no way for NBA or overseas teams to evaluate players this summer. Mitchell Smith was never getting drafted, of course, but one big season could earn him some overseas coin. Getting pro imput was a good idea for him.
OK, that's a wrap for today. Thanks for all the banter. See you next week!