Why I am about done with MLB
First off some background;
I have been a fan since the time I was 8 and heard my mother and grandmother talking about how the NY Yankees were going to pay a fan to return a ball hit into the stands. I knew a girl named Maris and when I heard this name it confused me but got my attention.
Shortly after, I tuned into WPIX channel 11 in NY. Listening to Mel Allen, Red Barber, Phil Rizzuto and Jerry Coleman, I was hooked for life.
I remember things vividly to this day. I remember Bobby Richardson in October of 1962 like it was yesterday.
I remember my first time in Yankee Stadium (the old, old one) on a Friday night in May of 1963. I remember being in absolute awe that night the moment the subway came above ground and I looked down into the Stadium for the very first time (a very magical moment}. They played the Los Angeles Angels. Joe Pepitone hit two HRs. Clete Boyer was on first base for both of them. The Yankees won 4-3. Jim Bouton got the win. My grandfather scored seats behind home plate. I think they cost 8 bucks.
I remember the names, Ashburn, Coleman, and Hodges...feh! For some reason I just preferred the names, Ford, Kubek and Terry.
I remember learning the names Koufax and Drysdale in 1963 and still remember how I cried for a week that fall. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I remember November of that year like it was yesterday too. Sure the events that took place then were more important, and very scary. But to a 10 year old Yankee fan, growing up on Long Island, the events of October of that year were just devastating. Good thing there was this British band that came along in the next few months that pretty much allowed everyone to forget about a lot of the bad things from that fall of '63.
I remember the greatest day of my life...in 1964, the day we went on a field trip in school to the World's Fair, and that night when my dad took me to a Yankee game. (My wife reminds me that this was actually the SECOND greatest day of my life).
I remember that Phil Linz played the harmonica.
I remember that one of the great Yankees of all time, their manager in 1964 was fired even though he helped them win the AL pennant. I remember the team hiring the manager of their opposition from the world series that year, thinking that that wasn't a very good idea (it wasn't).
I remember the lean years of the late 60s. i even remember watching Rocky Colavito pitch an inning for the Yankees one time during the year he played for them (was it 1968?).
I remember being very sad the day Mickey Mantle called it quits.
I remember being a Met fan for one season (well everyone in NY was that year) and I remember my friend Danny making a joke that they would put a man on the moon before the Mets ever won a world series (they did and they did).
I remember listing to Phil Rizzuto and Fran Healy arguing over the price of tuna fish in China!
I remember the day a rich businessman purchased the Yankees from CBS and vowed to make them into a winner again (he did).
Well, this is where all the trouble started...
Here is a list of why I am just about done with baseball (well at least Major League Baseball);
1 - It seems that while I as a Yankee fan just loved free agency in the beginning, it really hasn't done much more than create a business totally rooted in making money and damn everything else. $150,000,000 salaries going to .250 hitters? How much were ticket prices before this era? How much are they now? WHAT does it cost to sit behind home plate at Yankee Stadium these days? OMG! How much is a season seat? Isn't it about $10,000 or so? HOLY COW!
2 - The famous union and its CBA. Sorry guys, but as pro union as I am, this has done as much harm to common people being able to enjoy the sport as has free agency. Everything has escalated since the advent of the union that one can BARLEY watch a game on free TV anymore. It's now all about cable, blackouts and money. Some of the greatest players in history made in the neighborhood of $100,000 a year, nowadays, what's the minimum salary in MBL? To do WHAT? To PLAY a game?? And we pay teachers what? About $40,000 a year?
3 - How does anyone, including the retiring worst commissioner in the history of sports justify a continuing ban for the greatest hitter in the history of the game (for gambling, a legal activity), but give a mere 50 game suspension to players who have actually CHEATED by using illegal substances?
4 - How does anyone justify the act of crippling every American League team when they play in a National League stadium? Does the worst commissioner in the history of sports tell the Cardinals that they are not allowed to use Adam Wainwright of Michael Wacha in an American League stadium? No, of course he doesn't but he DOES tell the Red Sox that they cannot use their DH in St. Louis. Well, American League teams are BUILT around the DH. How does one justify this? Baseball needs to rectify this problem for once and for all. Either have a DH or don't have one...both leagues need to play the same game!
5 - How does anyone, including the worst commissioner in the history of sports justify the fact that not only can a team not good enough to win its own division qualify for the world series but also another team not even good enough to finish in SECOND place also qualify? What is this, the NHL??
This wild card idea is idiotic. Why not just let ALLLLLL the teams in MLB participate in the postseason? Just think of the TV revenue that can be generated that way! Good idea, huh Bud?
6 - Now comes instant replay! One of the gifts of major league baseball has been the arguments between umpire and manager. I remember the way Earl Weaver turned his cap around so that he could get right up in an umpire's face to argue a call. It was one of the funniest, most entertaining moments in the history of the game.I remember watching Billy Martin kick dirt over and over again onto the ankles of an umpires arguing a call. I remember watching Lou Pinnella hurl a base in mid air during an argument. Well, gone are most of those moments, only to be replaced by a period of silence as the umpire crew will disappear below the stands to get the ruling by someone who isn't even in the city that the game is played in. What on earth is wrong with a system that relies on human beings making calls and/or mistakes? Who really cares if a mistake is made every so often? It's been part of the game for well over 100 years! If too MANY mistakes are being made, maybe it's time to take a look at how the umpires are being trained???
Well, I can go on, but what's the point. With all the money that is being made these days, I might as well have written this on a wall someplace in remote Siberia.
Good luck in your retirement Bud. We will remember you.
Yankee fan since 1961
Last edited by Jay968; 10-24-2013 at 08:03 AM.