Re: Are we entitled based on a player's salary? Does it ruin your enjoyment as a fan?
posted at 8/17/2011 9:44 PM EDT
In Response to Are we entitled based on a player's salary? Does it ruin your enjoyment as a fan?
[QUOTE]What gives Boston fans a license to have no patience with players? Do forum posters want to be first in line to go up to the top of the Forum Hill and shout out to us that Player X is having a poor April and should leave town immediately? In my book that is not how fans should act. Fans should never feel entitled that a player should be an immediate All Star if he is payed as such. That is feeling entitled and is selfish and juvenile. We are fans and not stockholders. If players live up to expectations then that is good but if they don't then who gave you a guarantee. A high payroll is no guarantee of success. If it was then wouldn't being a fan be boring. If payroll was a guarantee of success then we should all root for the Yankees if we desire guaranteed success. You buy a ticket or pay for cable for entertainment and you are not being guaranteed a win or a pennant. If looking at salaries distorts your enjoyment of being a fan then you need to forget about salaries. Do you compare the salaries of actors when you watch a good movie or TV show? Should a performance by House be ten times better than another actor casted in that show? Do we know if the Fat Lady in the Opera gets the top salary, do we care? Should a trumpet player be higher paid more than the tuba player?
Posted by PawsoxPhil[/QUOTE]
Thanks for posting this Phil, some interesting takes on things, and I must say I'm in disagreement with some of them. The April slump for example, after all the hot stove action and some promises in Spring training, it's a real downer to see some player stinkin up the joint, and that's when fear sets in, that perhaps this guy just might not be the answer. Is CC ever going to live up to his past performances? Or is he just the newer version of JD Drew?
You're right about us being fans and not stockholders, although the emphasis should be turned around, we are more than stockholders, who care only about the bottom line. If a stock's not doing well, you sell it and cut your losses, I can't sell a lifetime of memories, good and bad and move on. You don't sell Fisk, Carbo, Yaz, Big Papi and Dave Roberts for a new IPO.
The money a guy gets, buys him whatever he might desire, but it also also buys EXPECTATIONS. To re-sign David Ortiz is to BELIEVE that the ball will keep landing beyond the outfield walls, and Ortiz will demand a lot of money, and I'll demand a lot of performance, if it wasn't that way then JD Drew ought to be re-signed too.
I don't pay attention to what any actor makes, but I do expect a great movie from Johnnie Depp, and he gets paid accordingly, even if I don't keep track (he apparently makes $50M per year).
My license to complain or criticze comes from a lifetime of caring, reading, seeing and paying for this team. So I really think that these things matter to everyone, except maybe the pink hatters of the world.