Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Joke

I often (yesterday) goof on baseball because in my opinion it is boring.

...Thank God they put real grass in Safeco Field so at least you can watch it grow if you are at a game...

Sorry, there I go again. Much like team vs team rivalries, I have that same feeling with the NFL vs MLB. All thanks to one person, they know who they are. All in all it is in good fun, just goofing around. Often it is too easy, Knitting Night anyone?

But today I have official proof as to why baseball is a joke. No, it has nothing to do with steroids, way too long of a season/ too many games, or this.

This is the reason that baseball is a joke.

Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than his hometown Florida Marlins.

Boosted by his new deal with the New York Yankees, Rodriguez tops Major League Baseball's list with an annual salary of $28 million, according to a study of contract terms by The Associated Press. The 33 players on the Marlins' opening-day roster and disabled list total $21.8 million.

The problem isn't Alex Rodriguez's fault, it isn't Steinbrenners fault, it is baseballs fault. Mr. Rodriguez should have every right to make as much money as can find someone to pay him. Mr. Steinbrenner has every right to spend his money however he sees fit. Baseball as a whole needs to even out the playing field to add some much needed excitement (It still won't win me over, though). Something is wrong when an individual player makes more (quite a bit more) than an entire team.

Sure David beats Goliath occasionally, and it is a great story. But c'mon, the highest paid team spending ten times what the lowest is doing? Silly. There needs to be both a ceiling and floor too what is spent on payroll. I think the NFL does a pretty good job of this. Sure there still are high salaries, and low salaries, but they are much closer together. The difference between the highest and lowest payrolls last year in the NFL was 63%. The Seahawks beat Goliath (the Redskins), and David (the Giants) beat the second highest payroll (the Patriots). The Kicker with the NFL is that if you go too high it will slap you back in a couple of years with players that haven't played for your team still counting significantly against your cap (cough, Wistrom). The NFL seems to be about how smart you are with your money, not how much you have.


Side note - In the middle of typing this up I went out back and tossed the ball with Clyde. He had a spectacular wipe out. While making a cut he lost his footing, rolled onto his back and then was totally upended, standing on his head, then crashing on his side. He got right up and stared at me while shaking the sod off, the ball never came loose. A second later he was back running at full speed. Atta-boy!

3 comments:

Charger Girl,  4/01/2008 8:06 PM  

"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,
I don't care if I never get back,
so it's root, root, root for the PADRES!!!!!
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."

$9.00 for a beer but it's a great time at the ballpark down here!!!

:) Winning teams help ;)

MikeD 4/01/2008 8:41 PM  

Blargh!

You forget. In 2001 the Mariners won 116 games. No team has won more in history. IT MADE NO DIFFERENCE!!!!

Play a third of the games and ditch best-of-seven playoff series and I may pay attention.

1995 was exciting as it was the first time. There will never be another first time.

Like Beano Cook said after MLB gave the returning Iran hostages lifetime passes to any baseball game, "Haven't they suffered enough?".

Zactly.

SoccerGal 4/01/2008 9:16 PM  

Charger Girl - HILARIOUS!

DING!

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