Sunday, May 2, 2010

Take Me Out To The Ball Game.........NOT!!!

Let's start out by saying I am not mad at or even jealous of Ryan Howard or Albert Pujols for the salaries they are able to command because of the system. While their skills are unsurpassed, it is the system that allows them to command those kind of salaries. Who this critical thinker tends to become annoyed with (because it flies in the face of logic, and this is the "critical thinker.") are the fans. You will always get some yokel who is making an average or little less than average salary who goes bananas when the players go on strike or there is a halt to the season for some reason or another. These people will actually take off time from work to stand in front of a stadium with a picket sign urging the owners to settle the wage disagreements so that they can shell out hundreds of dollars per game( parking, snacks, ticket costs, gas, etc.) to see these gifted ball players play a child's game. As Warner Wolfe is famous for saying, "Let's go to the replay," let's go to the chart or let's look at the numbers. Let's compare the average salary with the salaries of a Ryan Howard who just extended his contract with the Philadelphia Phillies for 125 million dollars over the next 5 years. That's 25 million dollars per year. With his signing came talks of Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals now being positioned to ask for 50 million dollars per year.
When you look at the chart does our actions as fans make sense to you? Analyze the chart below and critically think about it. I welcome your commentary.

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