Re: Baseball salaries, escalating ticket prices, etc. I'm tired of it all.
posted at 11/22/2012 7:08 PM EST
In response to Hetchinspete's comment:
I posted the email below in response to another posting but I'm relisting it here as another subject to get your responses and see if others share my opinion. Basically a very mediocre career journeyman who is probably a great guy gets 5mil a year. Insanity.
Below are my thoughts: Comments wanted !!
I'm about ready to divorce myself from MLB, watching the Red Sox, etc and participating in this forum. When a very mediocre below average journeyman ball players make silly money of 5mil a year after one decent season it may be time to say I've had enough.
Gomes just hit .262 last year with barely hitting above .200 the prior three seasons. He strikes out about once in slightly over once in every three at bats and isn't a good fielder and he's getting 5mil a season. A player in MLB with a mediocre career record like Gomes finally has one decent season after three years of lower than mediocre performance and his salary escalates by 500%. There is something grossly wrong with MLB.
The economy stinks, we've still got almost 9% unemployment with most of us seeing less of our paycheck every year yet baseball salaries continue to rise, ticket prices especially in Boston are at an all time high and yet we're expected to fill the parks. I'm not sure about the rest of you but I'm relocated in Milwaukee even though I'm still a Sox fan and even though ticket prices are far cheaper here I can only afford a few games a year.
On top of the ridiculous ticket prices you pay $5.00 for a krappy beer that cost them $10.00 a case wholesale and barely eatable hot dogs for $4.00.
Sorry to beetch but I'm fed up with it all. For those of us working stiffs all of the above happening while our salaries are worth less each year just shows that whether it is the players or management, there is little to no regard for the fans who support the game.
Hello Hetchinspete :)
Thank you for sharing your comments.
I do not want to sound rude but I respectfully disagree with you. I never understood why fans complain that sports athletes make millions. MLB, NFL, NBA players worked their a**es off since childhood and were chosen (or recruited) among the hundreds of thousands.
Besides, this is all part of capitalism where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It sucks but it is what it is.
I make a six-figure income. But I had to pay my dues (e.g. going to MIT for my MBA, finally paying off my student loans, eating cheap ramen noodles, etc.). The money I make is no where near what Johny Gomes makes, but at least I have my privacy and comfort. If Gomes goes on a 0 for 20 hitless streak, then the Boston media will let him know. LOL
I hope you change your mind and continue to enjoy the game of baseball. :)