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12-05-2012, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by bp13 View Post
"Tanking" implies there's a motivation to lose. what's their motivation, a higher draft pick? Is this basketball?

Further, if there aren't enough quality free agents for a team to sign who will improve that team enough to truly contend, should they simply do nothing? Should they do nothing if their customers pay a premium for professional entertainment and by doing nothing all they've done is guarantee an inferior product and salt away more profits?

Please explain.
If they wanted good PR, rather than overspend on stiffs, they should have said they were going to go with a homegrown youth movement and rolled back ticket prices from last year. Imagine the goodwill/positive press they would have gotten off that. Instead, you get them paying way more than is reasonable for has beens like Victorino, and keeping prices the same as last year when they had an enormous payroll. Talk about flawed logic. The answer to keeping ticket prices high is to arbitrarily/poorly spend money to justify said ticket prices? You're still getting an inferior product, why is that so hard to see? Maybe it's me, but I'm not seeing who that really benefits (aside from John Henry & Co), since the team is still going to be bad, and the prices are still amongst the highest in the league.

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