PERCEPTION IS REALITY
That may be one of the most over-used cliches in the world today (along with “it is what it is”) but it amuses me how different sides will spin things to get you on their side. I read on the Red Sox website, an article about their ticket prices for 2010. “Many Sox tickets to stay at ’09 prices.” Meanwhile in the “Boston Herald”- basically the same information, but the title blurted out “Fans hit Sox for hiking ticket prices.” We are already well aware of the cost of a day at Fenway. It is really unattainable to a lot of folks these days. If you can get tickets, can you afford them? The tickets are snapped up by season ticket holders and companies that re-sell them. While the Sox boast that their most expensive ticket is only $328, we all know that you will likely spend much more to get to the park on any given day. The upper bleacher seats are the cheapest at Fenway and they sell for $12. More expensive than the best seat in the house at McCoy. When fans lamented about their team spending too much money on free agents, I used to think “So what, let ‘em spend..it doesn’t affect me.” Well now it has. The payroll is so out of control that the price of tickets continues to rise in the worst economy in recent memory. I understand economics and why things happen the way they do. I think it benefitted the PawSox in 2009 and should again in ’10. Despite the poor weather, a slumping club and a slumping economy, more than 600,000 fans clicked the turnstiles at McCoy. All this being said, it’s tough to argue with the success the Red Sox have enjoyed at the gate. They’ve got a sellout streak of 550 games, dating back to May of 2003. At some point, there has to be a limit. I wonder just how close we are to reaching it. Unlike a lot of clubs, the Sox have a genuine interest in winning. They consistently go out and fill needs and constantly try to make the team better.
Congratulations to Clay Buchholz. Buch was slated to tie the knot this past weekend with “Deal or No Deal” model, Lindsay Clubine. Lindsay was present on several PawSox road trips in 2009 and is about as nice a gal as you’d ever want to meet. It has been a good year for the young Texan. He has established hmself as force to be reckoned with in the American League and has a beautiful bride to boot.
Nothing to do with baseball, but boy oh boy, how about the “onions” on Bill Belichick? I can see him taking the gamble on fourth down against the Colts. His team, his call. But how about being man enough to admit you were wrong when it didn’t work. EVERYONE in the world knows it. If you say you made the right choice, do you think the fans are gullible enough to believe it? Perhaps we need to put Coach Bill in the Phil Jackson category. Maybe he won those titles because of the athletes he had playing for him. Maybe he’s not really a genius.
Sometimes during the season, I throw in a movie review or restaurant selection. Two movies I really enjoyed recently. “Law Abiding Citizen” with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx and “2012”, starring John Cusack. In the latter Woody Harrelson plays a tremendous part in the movie. I never in a million years would’ve picked him if you told me one member of the cast of “Cheers” would become a major motion picture star. Both movies feature somewhat implausible plots, yet are extremely entertaining. Next on my list to see is “The Blind Side”, starring Sandra Bullock. It’s based on the real-life story of Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, Michael Oher