The most preposterous thing on this thread is the pot-shotting "Babe" making asinine comments that he somehow thinks Red Sox fans care on whit about. I mean really, who spends his life thinking of ways to irritate and antagonize as many people as he possibly can. And not get paid for it. Don Rickles he's not. And he somehow thinks that his points carry some validity. Absolutely wasted life.
I knew there would be those who would say there's no comparison between the two.
There is not a perfect parallel.
But I will say this, the musicians get to practice and use all the tools of recording to ex out all errors. I know that doesn't matter to some, but I can tell you without mixer boards and all the other tools those stars would not sound the way they do.
Live concerts often have things that happen. Back in my youth, stoned musicians often seemed mess up. One might remember some of the more spectacular "lip synch" situations. I could go on forever.
I worked in radio for two years. If the turntables or tape machines weren't working properly, the music would go out altered from the station. Some of the jocks purposely altered the speed of the tables and players ... because they could and got off on the "power."
Even then, when you and I get the music, over the air, on line, or where ever, our playing devices can still alter the sound ... base, balance, blah blah blah ..
ONLY the baseball player can control his play.
Musicians use TONS of tools to alter their performance. AND LISTENERS use many more tools to make it sound the way they like.
So, the "wrong note" thing is a practical farce.
We spend billions of dollars to make the music sound the way WE like it.
For all the effort ball players put into becoming pros, it is still the batter against the pitcher and you and I have nothing to do with their performance - unless we somehow get in their heads.
a ball players performance is a far more true record of individual effort.
Ever hear Christopher Cross live? I like his "recorded" voice. Live, he sounds like a weasel with one foot caught in a vice.
What did you think of Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl performance? I like their recorded stuff. But that performance STUNK.... the whole thing did not have a single moment I enjoyed.
So back to the parallel.
Many of you made valid points. I don't have a problem with most of them.
But the clear point was if it's the money, don't blame Carl because he found a buyer who wanted him more than anyone else.
It just makes you sound like a bridesmaid.
And that is really manly. :o)