For years I've heard agents sound the horn of the "free market" or "capitalism" at is best when they describe the sky rocketing salaries of their clients.
Does anybody else have a problem with this line of bizarre thinking?
Your typical business is run for profit. Although the world is starting to recognize the efforts of business' that regard the environment with respect but typically money talks.
Baseball on the other hand always seems to stray off the beaten path of Capitalism or Free Market economics usually onto the path of Stupidity! WHY I ASK? The answer is simple.
The half wit (in baseball terms) billionaire owners of too many franchises view the sporting world as a forum to boost their own inflated egos. If these same owners ran their REAL business the way they run their teams then they'd be lined up for a meal at the local soup kitchen.
The agents of the baseball world prey on these helpless egomaniacs. One against the other - $10 million here another 20 mill their - it's sickening.
The real losers are the fans who take it on the chin - get up - bring their kids to the game buy a hot dog and a pop - to watch Manny or Barry or Alex saunter down to first base on a ground ball to the pitcher. The fans who now are worried about their jobs - worried about putting apresent or two under the tree for Christmas - worried that they might be lining up at the soup kitchen.
All the while Manny threatens to retire because no ones showing him the love he deserves - Furcal's agent is so slippery next week he's entering one of those county catch the pig contests - but he's the pig - Hank and Hal think America's pastime is watching the Yankee's spend money so their dishing out faster than Congress can bail out the next fat Wall Street Tycoon.
The next time someone says something stupid like baseball salaries are free market economics at work - point the finger at one of the idiot owners in the news that week - make sure it's the middle one!