Tuesday, December 1, 2015
DAVID PRICE AND BASEBALL'S STUPID MONEY
Whoever said it's better to give than receive was never on the right end of a $217 million
David Price became MLB's biggest lottery winner, since um, last year when Max Scherzer
put his signature on a $210 million with the Washington Nationals. Price, a highly-coveted
left-handed pitcher will be cashing his checks in Boston after the Red Sox backed up their
Brinks truck and lavished Price with money that he nor his grandchildren's children will
ever be able to spend.
Yep, it's the silly season in baseball. A time when the egos of the owners get out of control
and they demand new toys to play with, hoping it may get them a World Series to hoist
and a hub cap-sized ring on their finger.
Jordan Zimmerman, who cashed in a 13-10 record for a 5-year, $110 got the silly season
started, inking a ridiculous deal with the Detroit a few days ago. Reports said Johnny Cueto
turned down a 6-year, $120 million deal with Arizona.
$110 mil for Zimmerman? $120 mil for Cueto? $217 million for Price? Yes, it's all absurd.
But you know what? Don't complain right now, it's not your money. The time to complain
is when management jacks up ticket prices, concessions, merchandise, and parking in the
spring. That's when you'll know who is paying for all these big contracts. Yep, the fans.
People all over sports talk radio are complaining about these enormous salaries, but it happens
every year doesn't it. A-Rod, Verlander, Greinke, Kershaw, etc., and the immortal Shin
Shoo-Choo even got a $100 million contract from the Texas Rangers last year. Shin
Shoo-Choo? $100 million? Did I miss something there. The dude is nowhere near worth
that kind of iron.
Are you crazy, the fans scream, shout, and ask of their team's owners.
Many owners may be a little eccentric, egotistical, and yes, a little crazy. What most of them
are not is dumb. A good majority of them made their money in something other than
baseball. Owning a team is really just an extracurricular activity for them.
It's about feeding their egos and enriching their power. I'm not sure the last time any owner
in sports went broke because of his team. As hard as he tried to ruin his franchise, Donald
Sterling cashed out of the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Yep, that's $2 billion for
When Sterling got kicked out of the NBA, taking a big haul with him, the value of the
rest of the franchises in the league went up by $800 million! That's insane. Sterling's
former mistress should've gotten a thank you from every other team owner in the league.
Getting back to the insanity of major league baseball teams and the silly season. This
is the time when teams throw silly and stupid money at these "hot" commodities. Even
though it's been proven these 7-10 year contracts don't work out and the owners never
come close to getting anywhere close to full value for them, they continue to throw
huge money around.
Nope, they don't learn from the Pablo Sandovals, Carl Crawfords, Vernon Wells,
Albert Pujols, and Jacoby Ellsburys of the silly, stupid world of free-agents. It's Christmas
time. These owners want their new toys to brag about to all their high-roller friends at
parties with the mistletoe, caviar, and flowing champagne. They want those gaudy rings.
They want the value of their franchise to grow exponentially.
Sure, they'll cry to their GM's about having an outrageous payroll, the luxury tax, and
not getting a great return on their investment in a few years, but right now, it's about
stealing the headlines and getting interviewed on ESPN, Fox, and every other major media
outlet in the world.
They will say, "The fans deserve getting the best product we can get on the field," yet,
will saying nothing about the 10 percent increase across the board in tickets, concessions,
parking, and merchandise. And in some cases, television subscription rates.
Do you think anyone in Boston is going to balk at paying an additional 10 percent
for their tickets? Of course not. The Red Sox are religion in Boston and they'll fork
up the extra dough to watch David Price pitch. They know if they don't want the
tickets, somebody else in Boston will. Demand far outweighs supply at Fenway Park.
The owners aren't dumb, that's for sure. They know the fans will be the ones to pay
for the silly contracts in the long run. Perhaps, one day the fans will learn. But I doubt
Zac Greinke, you've got next. After seeing what Price received, Greinke is now grinning
for ear to ear and his agent has a new number to shoot for and exceed.