Five Things I Think That I Think
Don't you love Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback? If you are going to get stream of consciousness, it's great to get it from a football writer who loves baseball.
- I think that District of Baseball is a great new blog. Lots of news, lots of updates. It may even qualify as a Web site, it's that good! I've added a link.
- I think you should not cry for Sammy Sosa....between the Orioles and Cubs, he'll be making $24 million for playing in 2005. Here's how it goes: The Cubs will be paying $12 million of his $17 million salary for 2005. The Orioles will be paying him $5 million. The Cubs also owe him $3.5 million from a "severance agreement from a prior contract." The Orioles will be obligated to pay him a $4.5 million buyout of his 2006 option. Total for Cubs: $12 + $3.5 = $15.5. Total for Orioles: $5 + $4.5 = $9.5 million. Grand total for 2005= $24 million. All for hitting 40 homers or so.
- I think that the ESPNzone Nationals event tomorrow will be interesting. If they take questions, I'd like to know what they really think about getting out of Montreal.
- I think that the six bidders for the Nationals are going to have to fork over well over $300 million for the team. Given about $60 million or so in operating losses for the Expos from 2002-2004, that will be about a $120 million profit on the other 29 clubs' $120 million investment in the Expos before 2002. If you don't think that is smart economics, you are in denial. MLB created value from thin air by moving the Expos to DC. The market has proven to be efficient. This may be a model for franchise relocations in other sports.
- I think that the Austin Grill is really getting cheap when they offer a plate of steak fajitas. I mean, five strips of steak for $11? The best fajitas in the world, by the way, belong to Border Cafe in Harvard Square. About this, there can be no argument.