Tuesday, April 21, 2009



Mister Parker said...

This would be the paid attendance to last night's Natinals game, I presume (your post mistakenly shows an "O" in the team name, which we now know is incorrect).

Actually, last night doesn't bother me too much if it reflects actual attendance as opposed to total tickets sold (including season tickets). It was driving rain on a cold Monday night in April.

The number that should scare Nats management is 16,974, which is the paid attendance for Sunday afternoon's game when the official weather was "67 degrees, cloudy" and actually much nicer than that.

I think Thomas Boswell's blog post yesterday nailed it -- Nats management is two years behind the curve on getting ballplayers here. They peed away all of the good will of a new stadium last year by fielding not just a team that lost 102 games, but fielding a threadbare team that never had a chance to play decent ball and was one injury away from a catastrophic season.

It was a cynically cheap way to run a ball club -- why they should be surprised their fan base responded in kind amazes me. But, you know, Chrysler and GM have spent four decades crapping on the American consumer and now seem genuinely perplexed as they teeter on the brink of bankruptcy.

Maybe the rich really do live in insular cocoons of yes-men, maybe they really do believe that everybody without gobs of money is a sheep-like fool fit only for fleecing, and most importantly, maybe they really do believe that having a lot of money means they are as smart as they think they are. In which case it's a wonder they don't run more companies into the ground ...

The Big Train said...

{In which case it's a wonder they don't run more companies into the ground ... }

You know, I was thinking of that whilst walking out of my Montgomery Ward store, DEC computer in hand. I thought I'd jump in my LeBaron in order to catch my Eastern flight to New York, where I was scheduled to appear on an NBC program.

Mister Parker said...

Eastern? I'm a Braniff man myself.

I see that Chrysler's execs turned down a recent government loan because they didn't want to abide by the new pay rules. In a world as rational as economists used to like to pretend it was, Chrysler's stockholders would claim breach of contract, fire them all without compensation and hire guys to run the company who could subsist on a half mill a year. But, of course, the system is gamed in such a way as to make that nearly impossible.

If I went down to the local liquor store and did what Chrysler's execs are doing, they'd call it grand larceny. But if you steal $50 million a year, it's big business.

You know, it's the damned conservatives who are turning me into a liberal ...

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Well but don’t forget that, like a big bank banker packaging a “complex investment vehicle,” most of these CEOs are so incredibly smart we can’t even begin to understand how smart they are.