I must call to your attention the paid attendance for yesterday’s game. 20,338.
There is no typo there. 20,338. Paid.
It was a nice Saturday afternoon.
It was “Harvey Day” as your marketing efforts have heavily promoted, including offering ticket deals.
Your team plays in Market Number One.
You own your own television network.
You got your new stadium.
You have a charismatic young star who people seem to love.
There are no other tricks in the playbook.
Well, there is one. Winning. We both know winning will bring people to the park.
You fleeced the die-hards by starting Opening Day tickets at $63 before you had to drop prices to give yourself at announcing a sellout on Opening Day. My eyes didn’t agree with your announcement.
20,338. Saturday. Harvey Day. New stadium.
How is this in any way acceptable to you?
So let’s try winning. Here is today’s lineup.
Omar Quintanilla – SS
Jordany Valdespin – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Mike Baxter – LF
Ike Davis – 1B
Anthony Recker – C
Juan Lagares – CF
Jonathon Niese – LHP
How many of those folks would start for most of the other major league teams?
Wright would be the 3B on most teams. Niese makes anyone’s rotation. Murphy (and you know I love him) might work his way into other lineups, but might be a 4 day a week player on good teams. The rest might not even make major league rosters.
You have little organizational depth. There aren’t too many guys to call up, and especially apparently not outfielders.
The horses have left the barn Fred.
20,338. Harvey Day. Saturday. 20,338.Welcome to 1978.
Next year you won’t have the All Star Game to distract. That means next year is 1979 in Queens.
And you know what happened after 1979, right?
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