Re: Why I, personally, do not like Henry and Co.
posted at 12/8/2011 12:49 AM EST
In Response to Why I, personally, do not like Henry and Co.
[QUOTE]It started out well enough. They come in and want to save Fenway as opposed to working on a new stadium. Fans were kind of split at the time on this point, but overall, I don't think many people would call it a 'bad' idea. And, obviously, they were present for the Sox to break an 86 year drought. Since then, however, here's some things I have real issues with: Red Sox Nation - This was a FAN derived term. It grew in exposure organically, and was a moniker many of us proudly supported BEFORE winning in 2004. Henry and Co. stole the name, and started charging addmission for it, 50/100 bucks I believe, to have a paper card and the the 'right' to buy tickets at face value! That's just embarrassing. Fenway Park - Fenway is a symbol of boston, of the Red Sox, and of Boston itself. They seemingly wanted to save it, they've made some good changes inside the field, I think it's absurd how they've taken over the streets SURROUNDING the park now, but that's not a huge deal. My issue is they took this revered, historical name, spirited it away and stuck it on a NASCAR team! Again, they inherited this park as part of the purchase, and stole the name of it's 100 year old park and stuck it somewhere that very few people in boston, in MA, or fans of the Sox care about. Yet another flat out money grab by these businessmen. They wanted the notoriety of Fenway to increase the reckognition of their NASCAR team. Not cool. Ticket Prices/Sellout Streak - Ticket prices are high, as they should be. Red Sox are a hot commoddity, and the park is small. I believe the sellout streak started after they bought it, so credit for that. However, to keep propping this sfalse sellout streak up because of their unholy alliance with Ace Ticket is sickening. Nobody can convince me that there weren't THOUSANDS of tickets sitting in an office in brookline through April/May of 2010 as the game was reported as a sellout, and at least 10,000 seats would be empty for MANY games. Also, it's hard to get tickets at face value as it is, letting Ace Ticket resell so many is downright criminal. It's ok for them to sell at 3x face, but I can't sell for 20 bucks over outside the stadium? They cut Francona's legs out from under him after he's out the door. They make Cherrington fall on his sword and say HE was the one who pushed for Crawford, and then cut HIS legs out from under him during the managerial search. They are a joke. Yes, baseball has BECOME a business, but that IS NOT what is was built on, that IS NOT what brought in millions of fans. It's a game of passion that grew big enough that greedy people started paying attention and wanting to cash in. I'm so sick of hearing "well, baseball is a business" and people just accept it. In the 90s and early 2000s there was a list of things that people around here would criticize the Yankees for: Spending outrageously and stupidly mostly. Well, the Sox have caught them there, and passed them in other areas. I used to rip on Stenibrenner, but I've grown to understand that at least, with the Yankees, he was a FAN first, and a BUSINESS man second. The Sox are now business men first, image driven second, and fans possibly third, though I could easily be forgetting something they value above actually winning. If they could figure out a way to make more money while losing, I guarantee they would. You've made your money, sell the team for the 1-1.5 billion youd get, get close to double your investment back, PLUS whatever has been made over the past 10 years and move on. Print up 10,000,000 $100 stock vouchers and sell them to the public and we'll elect people into the presidency of the team. Those 10mil vouchers would go faster than 10mil anything they currently sell.
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
I have many issues with this post, but for now, I'll just make these two points.
First, they didn't inherit anything. They bought the team, so they have the right to do anything they want with the name. What they've done is try to bring revenue from where ever they could so they could compete with the Yankees financially, and they've spent the money on high payrolls, so it's not like they've been pocketing all the money.
Second, don't kid yourself. George Steinbrenner was a business man first and foremost. A fan doesn't demolish Yankees Stadium. A business man does that. Steinbrenner always spent a lot of money on the team, but guess what. That's because he had the money. Take a moment from your Henry tirade and really look at the Yankees situation and you'll understand the advantage they have financially over everyone else.
I never begrudged Steinbrenner for spending money, but he spent money like that because he could and still make a profit. But it is because Steinbrenner has spent money like he did that has forced other owners to do all they can to bring in more revenue so they can compete.
And what has Henry and Company ever done that has shown they don't care about winning or losing. If that was the case, their payroll would be $40M cheaper and they'd be making even more money. The fact that they've been willing to shell out stupid money on Crawford and Lackey and eat contracts for non-producing players shows that they do care about winning.