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Prepare For The Attendance Guilt Trip, Sox Fans

by Ricky O'Donnell on February 7, 2011 at 1:36PM


Whoever had February 6 in the "When Will Sox Brass First Whine About Attendance?" pool, congrats! You win! From ESPN Chicago via SSS comes The Chairman's first plea to the South Side. The message is clear: if we're "all in", you better be, too.

"We've really taken a chance," Reinsdorf said on ESPN 1000's "Talking Baseball." "The term all-in I think really makes some sense here. If we draw what we drew last year, we will lose a lot of money. We decided to make a bet that if we put this team together the way we have, that it'll contend and that people will come out and support it. Otherwise, we are definitely going to lose money. Fortunately over the years we've made a little here, we've made a little there and we can cover it if we lose. We won't be able to lose money two years in a row."

Jim had a great take on this over at SSS, maintaining that "there doesn't appear to be a direct correlation between perception of attendance and team spending". He also suggests that if the Sox really wanted to fill up the ballpark, they'd freeze their fourth-highest ticket prices and adopt a model similar to the one that made the Brewers the hottest ticket in Milwaukee.

For as grinding (buzzword!) as a maybe-billionaire attempting to squeeze every last dollar out of his fanbase in an economy as uninspiring as this one may appear to be, I'll channel my art school kid angst somewhere else for the day. Reinsdorf truly put his money where his heart is this off-season when things easily could have gone in the opposite direction. Because of it, we have a team here with legitimate aspirations. Give me a very real contender over prolonged rebuilding any day, particularly when our baseball apathy was nearly maxed out as is.

A fire-sale would have advanced TUP that much closer to becoming a two-team blog, even if my White Sox love will never, ever die. Instead, I can't remember the last time I've been so fired up about a baseball season. If it comes with a side of whine and cheese from the elite, so be it. Besides, the Sox pull this shit every year; this is the first time it happened in 2011, and it won't be the last. For a healthier head, chalk up JR's quotes this weekend as nothing more than the first glimpse of the inevitable.

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Also fun from the original ESPN report: another warming "JR <3's Paulie" story for the lonely and despondent.

"What I tried to do with Paul is take myself out of the equation. I can't allow my emotion and my feelings for this guy cause the White Sox to do something that's not smart," said Reinsdorf. "So I basically let [general manager] Kenny [Williams] and [assistant GM] Rick Hahn handle that part of it. What happened, at the end, was they were pretty much in agreement with Paulie's agent on dollars, but the issue was the third year. They were kind of reluctant to commit to the third year. And that's where I stuck my nose in and I said to 'go ahead you might as well give him the third year.'"
Just send a dozen roses already.

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IMO, if the fans see it as being their God given right to demand a winner, and to want management to do the best that it can in the free agent market, then I think that ownership is justified in asking for, and expecting the support of those same fans.

And another thing ... I really don't care what the reasons are for all those Cub fans packing Wrigley, year in and year out, the important thing is that they do it.

With the fan base they have, along with WGN, they never have a financial excuse for fielding a crappy team. And they do spend a lot of money; they just spend it on crappy players, and managers.

But Hell, I'm still basking in the afterglow of '05. It doesn't take a lot to make me happy.

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