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Nick, if the Sox win the World Series, do you think they'll let them on the field at Gillette Stadium and throw baseballs at Kraft, Pioli, and Belichick over the Milloy fiasco?
A: You sound upset Ray. I understand. But wait it out. If the Patriots aren't in the playoff hunt by Week 10, I can understand your anger.
It comes to my attention that the price of Game Tickets, beer, hot dogs, parking lot fees and even Bob Kraft's cheese have no price constraints. Could you imagine the squealing we'd hear if there was. Communism they'd say. And they'd be right of course. Personally, I could care less if the tickets were $10,000 a piece! I would simply vote with my feet until they either came down in price or I had Bob Kraft kind of money! That's free enterprise. For instance, I was in Baltimore September 10 to see the beloved Sox and Pedro stifle the Orioles. The upper reserve ticket was $15.00 and I had a great view from the third base side and consider that a fair price. The beer was $5.25 and the dogs were $4.25. I noted most fans didn't make change thus allowing the beer man to keep numerous 75-cent tips. That's fine he earned it humping up and down the steps and so on. I didn't buy either of the mentioned refreshments as I had dined before arriving. Pedro looked great and so did the rest of the players. The Sox fans roared louder than the Oriole fans and I had a great time and my Oriole Fan buddy Maryland Bob took the loss with grace. He's still smarting over losing the Moose and Sidney Ponson. Sounds familiar huh? Why should the players who bust their butts for us have to take pay cuts when coaches get "what their worth"? How about a cap on a coach's salary? How about a cap on tickets? Robert Kraft can charge what he wants and fans can choose to attend or not. How about a cap on reportersí salaries. If I was home sick like Pedro was and a reporter said I was lolly gagging I'd be angry too. Salary caps merely protect owners from themselves. I say let teams pay what they can. It will work itself out trust me. And if the feeling is we would have a few elite teams and the rest would be imitation teams,; that's what we have now!!! Let the ones that can't make it go under and the rest might actually be real teams of NFL caliber again. Fewer teams means better players on the ones left. Let's see ya tackle that issue Nick.