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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Pickoff Moves, Stretch Edition

Things They Don't Show On The TeeVee

Jayson Werth practicing hand signs in left field at SBC Park over the weekend?
My voice is raw from screaming all day today at that punk Jason Werth [sic], who had the gall to hit a two-run homer in the first inning, then spend the rest of the game turning around and staring at the bleachers between pitches. He also responded to our frequent taunts with a raised middle finger, a few waves, and during a pitching change he pantomimed the act of flicking boogers at the crowd. Classy.
Taking lessons from Milton, maybe?

The Lord Of The Twins

Batgirl has the first part of a Lord of the Rings cycle going, as retrofitted to the Twinkies. I suppose that, if we make it to the postseason this year, the Angels won't have Adam Kennedy to beat up the Twins with. That could be a real problem.

Here Come The Extionals

You already know my opinion on what the new Washington, D.C. National League team should be called; but as it happens, I have no say on these things. Jayson Stark reports on the Expos' move to the nation's capitol, replete with attempts to guarantee a loss-free operation -- or exit -- to Peter Angelos. Idiots Write About Sports has a nice analysis of this particular handshake-and-drawn-daggers deal, of which I'll quote the following couple of grafs:
So suddenly, your old pal Bud Selig calls you up with a deal: he’s going to guarantee that you see so many millions in revenue no matter how many people make their way out to your ballpark next year and every year to come. It doesn’t matter if your team goes 0-162 and people avoid the Inner Harbor like there’s a federal quarantine — you know that, at a bare minimum, you’ll have X amount of dollars in the til at the end of the year.

So what’s to inspire you from bothering to field a competitive team? You know how much is coming your way, whether you’re paying for a line-up of all-stars or for a roster stacked with career minor-leaguers making the Major-League mininum. Or, to put it in economic terms, you know what you’re revenues are going to be. Wouldn’t you, money-grubbing villain that you are, look to minimize your expenses in order to maximize your profits?

In other words, this is the same bad problem that the current revenue-sharing agreement has: there's no requirement to spend such revenues to improve the team.

Soooooo, this guy's voice is raw from screaming at some "punk" outfielder who "had the gall to hit a two-run homer", and he's complaining about lack of class? Hooo-boy.

Still, what do you expect from a Giants fan? At least our loutish fans have the excuse of being drunk. ;)
if i were angelos, it's not automatic that i would field a lousy team and take the minimum profit from MLB. i might do it if it's a high figure, but if it's just a minimum to ensure that i'm not totally screwed, then i might be able to do better by actually managing the team well. if i spend more on the team, and it makes money, then i might make an even greater profit by not settling for the minimum.

i think the argument that another team in the area hurts the orioles is highly suspect. i think it'll draw attention to baseball and it could potentially create a rivalry. dc/baltimore should be a large enough market to support two teams. i mean, if SF/oakland can do it...

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