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November 13, 2007 5:06 AM

pass the buck

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I thought I'd weigh in on free agency and rising ticket prices first and maybe get to Tulo in the next few days ( although that could always change). The spending in baseball is so out of control it just deserves comment.



Discussion

  • November 13, 2007

    5:47 AM

    Brian writes:

    I don't know why people are surprised by rising ticket prices. The only way they go down is if fans stop paying.

  • November 13, 2007

    9:32 AM

    cad man writes:

    Someone said:
    Build it and they will come !

    And we do. Baseball is still the least expensive sport to watch in person. Hockey? Forget it! way out of my price range. NFL--- expensive !
    Even NBA prices have risen out of a lot of peoples price range.

    I'll take baseball any day of the week as long as it dosen't get to the point of totally rediculous.
    And minor league is a ton of fun in colo spgs. wow $8.00 a seat. Can't beat it and you get to see the up and coming players.

  • November 13, 2007

    10:00 AM

    Anonymous writes:

    Yeah cad-man.

    And for less than an NBA game, you can watch Troy Tulowitski lose the Rookie Of The Year Award voting.

    Ryan Braun is so much more deserving than Tulo. He's way better at the plate. Tulo strikes out far too much. And if he didn't play at Coors Field, Tulo would have been hard pressed to hit 8 or 9 dingers. He's a product of Coors Field just like Helton.

    The baseball writers did the game proud.

  • November 13, 2007

    12:57 PM

    Tim Tregarthen writes:

    The claim that high ticket prices are the result of high salaries is just plain silly. Baseball teams try to maximize profit. With a stadium of fixed capacity, that, along with the team's win-loss record, determines the profit-maximizing price. Salaries enter in only to the extent that they affect how many games the team wins. Having a winning team allows the franchise to charge higher prices -- as the Rockies are doing this year. I suspect local fans would rather have a winning team and high prices than a losing team and cheap seats.

  • November 13, 2007

    12:57 PM

    Tim Tregarthen writes:

    The claim that high ticket prices are the result of high salaries is just plain silly. Baseball teams try to maximize profit. With a stadium of fixed capacity, that, along with the team's win-loss record, determines the profit-maximizing price. Salaries enter in only to the extent that they affect how many games the team wins. Having a winning team allows the franchise to charge higher prices -- as the Rockies are doing this year. I suspect local fans would rather have a winning team and high prices than a losing team and cheap seats.

  • November 13, 2007

    3:44 PM

    Jacob writes:

    That's ok brewer fan, you can have the rookie of the year voting, i guess we'll just take our consolation prize of national league champions. thanks for helping us get there, that was nice of you even though it didn't matter for you

  • November 13, 2007

    5:39 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Drew,
    Do you have a date in mind for showing the results of the "Can you draw like Drew?" contest? The entry deadline was six weeks ago.
    I'm just eager to see what other sports fans came up with.

  • November 13, 2007

    6:54 PM

    Brewer writes:

    Yep. We'll take the Rookie Of The Year, and a better draft pick. We weren't going to make any noise in the playoffs anyway.
    However - Now, your owners have raised ticket prices, driven fans nuts by showing they aren't interested in having a loyal fan base, but would rather have the money rolling in from anyone who will pay, and they will never, ever pay what it's going to take to resign Matt Holliday. He's as good as gone.
    Milwaukee, on the other hand, has one of the best ballparks in all of baseball. We have an incredibly passionate fan base even if the team is losing. There are no fair weather fans here. We LOVE our Brew Crew, period. We have excellent owners. We have the finest announcer in the sport - Bob Uecker -(maybe tied with Vin Scully), and we have a MUCH brighter future than the Rockies.
    NOT winning the World Series is like getting your new bride home and finding out she's included a chastity belt as part of the bargin.

  • November 13, 2007

    11:57 PM

    Jacyln writes:

    It still baffles me why people from other fan bases come to over to our local newspaper to complain and gloat. Do you people seriously have nothing better to do? If you love you team so much, stay over there.

    And lets get one fact straight: HOLLIDAY IS UNDER CONTRACT FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. The Rockies want to sign him to a long term deal and they know Holliday's salary will go up if he gets to arbitration. I'm not sure how this perception that Holliday needs to be "resigned" got started but its not true.

    I'm looking forward to the Tulo drawing, Drew. Keep up the great work.

  • November 14, 2007

    12:49 AM

    Paul writes:

    Yeah, he's under contract for 2 more years.
    Doesn't matter.
    Scott Boras will ask for $15-$17 million per season (or more) and the Monforts will say goodbye. The kicker is that Boras will seek an extension soon, and when the Monforts balk at the price it's going to take to keep Holliday in a Rockies uniform, Holliday will be traded immediately. He will not be a Rockie player by the trading deadline of this upcoming season. The Monforts will not pay the man. Look at the production (or lack thereof) that Helton is putting up for $17 Million. Holliday's production doubles that, so actually a demand of $20 Million/season isn't out of the question.
    Nice knowing you Matt. Have fun in New York or L.A. or Boston.

  • November 14, 2007

    9:11 AM

    Lou writes:

    Holliday is not under contract for the next two years....He is arbitration eligible for the next two. Which means that as long as the Rox offer arbitration, he stays a Rockie. Very different than under contract because if they go to arbitration the Rox submit a figure and Holliday submit a salary figure. The arbitor decides which it should be.
    Either way Holliday will come at a steep price the next two years. Understand the economics of the game before you PUT YOUR MISGUIDED UNDERSTANDING IN ALL CAPS.

    By the way, Hawpe and Atkins are arbitration eligible as well. They each made around 400K this year. So this year, Atkins, Hawpe and Holliday made approx 5.2 million. Next year, I wouldn't be surprised to see that figure closer to 20 million. The Monforts are trying to figure out how to pay for that.

  • November 14, 2007

    9:42 AM

    Bob writes:

    Exactly, Paul.
    Charlie and Dick got what they wanted. They got the city of Denver all jazzed up and got a lot of Rockies merchandise sold due to the late run.
    They've made their money. They're happy. Now, they'll let Torreabla walk to the Mets. Bad decision.
    Selling World Series tickets online. Bad Decision.
    I'm sure they'll also let Kaz walk away too. That would also be a bad decision.
    But the Rockies are generally known for bad decisions.

  • November 14, 2007

    10:45 AM

    Jacob writes:

    wow, gotta love the attitude up in wisconsin, they'd rather have the rookie of the year, a high draft pick, a good announcer, and a nice ballpark over going to the world series, no wonder the brewers are so pathetic

  • November 14, 2007

    11:34 AM

    Bill writes:

    Jacob,
    Our team did not WIN the W.S.

    That's why the Brewer fan is happy.

    All we get for our trouble of having the Rockies getting swept by Boston is higher ticket prices and our roster purged and a fire sale over the next 2-3 years and another long, winding rebuild by the Brothers Monfort.

    Im not looking forward to that. This run was nice, but without actually winning the W.S., we ended up no better than the Brewers, or even the Royals, Devil Rays or Orioles or Giants. We ended up losers and now the Monforts expect us to pay more $$ for a team that will not get better. Charlie and Dick are not committed to this team, no matter how much they say they are. It's a lot of lip service.

  • November 14, 2007

    12:44 PM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    PHOENIX -- Bob Melvin may downplay the role he played in getting the D-backs to a National League-best 90 wins and the playoffs this past season, but it doesn't appear that postseason awards voters are buying it.
    Melvin was named NL Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Wednesday, the second such award he has captured. Last month, he won a similar award from The Sporting News, which was voted on by his fellow managers.

    ---------------------

    Yeah baby! Hurdle doesn't get the Manager of The year award either! Wow - No awards for Colorado.

    Hahahaahahahah!!!!!!!

  • November 14, 2007

    2:37 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    I wondered where HE'S been lately. I figured he'd only pop out of his crypt when there was a baseball-themed cartoon, hopefully the Cryptkeeper realizes he's escaped again and sends that guy from Reaper to retrieve him.

    My solution to high ticket prices? STAY HOME AND WATCH IT ON TV!!! The food and drink are considerably cheaper (and a much better selection!), it's climate-controlled, and the drunks and loonies are someone else's problem. I've been to less than a dozen Rox games, and no Avs, Nuggets, or Donkeys. I'm reserving judgment on the Rapids, Mammoth, Outlaws and Crush.

  • November 14, 2007

    4:52 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Why is Ricky Williams allowed to return to the NFL?

    Exactly how many chances does one person get?

    This is embarrassing.

  • November 14, 2007

    5:13 PM

    Jacob writes:

    the complaining from rockie fans is getting really annoying, for the love of god there was a world series that was played in denver, and get over the monforts not being able to afford matt holliday, there's only a handful of teams that can! i expect him to be gone too but jesus christ does anybody else see that the rockies are one of 25 teams without a 20 million dollar player on the roster, quit whining, enjoy the history we just watched and stop complaining about the rise in ticket prices. newsflash guys! when ANY team in ANY city in america wins...the price to see them play goes up. i'm sorry that you won't be able to pay $15 to see a game in the first level, i guess you'll just have to work overtime to get those $24 tickets. i go to school back east and red sox tickets are absurdly high, it really isn't that bad.

    shut up and stop your complaining, you're all making colorado look like a bunch of whiny jerks

  • November 14, 2007

    7:03 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Jacob-
    It's pretty apparent from your comments that YOU are the prime example of whiny. You just proved it to the entire planet. Thanks for showing such a grand example of what whiny really is. Good show.

  • March 20, 2010

    1:13 AM

    Stephanie writes:

    Im so excited, I am so looking forward to my big day, I hope he doesnt get too drunk

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