Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Tracy Ringolsby is a week late on the neutral site World Series stuff, and his article is no less stupid than any of the others:
Select a city that has the infra-structure to host a major event but does not have major-league potential -- like a Nashville or Las Vegas -- and build a stadium with a retractable roof -- if a key part of the decision is to ensure the desirable game-time weather all precautions must be taken.

Declare that city the World Series City, and turn the marketing folks loose. It could become a financial bonanza because of the auxiliary income baseball could enjoy. It would again help the small market teams because there would be a more even distribution of the World Series revenues.

Saying things like "turn the marketing folks loose," is a key sign that a person has no idea what they're talking about.


Levi Stahl said...

As a marketing person, I have to agree with you. But at the same time, Craig, I'm sure you'll agree that "turn the marketing folks loose" still sounds a tad more promising than "turn the lawyers loose"?

Mr. Thursday said...

Never before has 1/2 an inning caused so much stupidity.

Let's just play baseball, everybody. One home team. One away team. One game, everyday. Starting at 7PM ET. Synched to the radio, so I don't have to listen to Joe Buck.

Grant said...

Tracy Ringolsby: Voice of Reason.

Oh wait, got confused. Stupidity. He's the voice of stupidity. And Woody Paige is the submoronic hand gesture of stupidity.

Wow, sucks to be a sports fan in Denver.

Craig Calcaterra said...

Levi: Totally agreed. The whole "turn the ___ loose" construction is idiotic. If you're writing a persuasive or argumentative piece, you shouldn't have to turn the advocates loose in order to convince people that your idea is a good one.

mooseinohio said...

Let's go to the extreme and construct our own island, Dubai style, that will be its own sovereign state under the flag of MLB. We can 'turn the capitalist loose' and market the hell out of the WS, the island itself (imagine beaches constructed with point of purchase options throughout the lagoon), and develop a banking system that can have it's own laundry service. I think I should stop now as my farcical writing may actually be someone elses inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Can we turn the baseball columnists loose? Maybe somewhere in the far-northern reaches of Canada? A little fresh air would do them good and those that find their way back before spring training would be invigorated for the new season.

What happened to the "life is like baseball" outlook that I loved so much from Bull Durham? "Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. And sometimes it rains." I enjoyed watching the world series, but in 10 years the rain is the only detail most people will remember about it. That made it interesting, not tragic.

Ron Rollins said...

I miss Jim Murray and Shirley Povich.