let me preface by saying that I am not a Royals' fan.
in fact, at gunpoint I'd probably admit to being a . . . . . . . (think palpetine)
I would really, really, really, really really *takes deep breath* really, really, really, really really like it if Beltran stayed in KC.
It is a crying shame that certain clubs (montreal, KC, detroit... I am sure there are others) serve essentially as farm teams for big market franchises. Selling off players like beltran, vazquez, vlad, pedro, damon, dye saves money short-term but causes the fan base to be less supportive... I mean, why would anyone want to root for a team that changes players like most people change undergarments? what's the point? there is no character to the team. it's as if a new team moved into the town each year.
please don't throw at me the small market -- large market arguments, and the revenue sharing ideas, salary caps etc. etc. etc. I understand all that. nonetheless I find it troubling that a lot of owners seem to be interested in extracting every red cent from their franchises and not reinvesting in them. There is a trade-off between viewing a team as a money-making proposition and as valuable entertainment/source of pride for a community. (think Modell and Cleveland). I think (and I very well may be wrong) that a lot of the owners are miserable at running major league clubs... digging up a few oil wells or selling a startup is not the same as setting up media contracts, marketing the team nationwide... if you give show the people living near the stadium that it is "their team" they are more likely to buy caps, jerseys, TICKETS (refreshments) etc. etc.
argh... 'nuff of a rant.
Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll drown because you forgot to teach him to swim.
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