Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rabble: Panos: Business and Baseball in the Bronx

Justin Panos wanderers into the Bronx…and meets the richest guys in town.

Tuesday morning.  Two commandeered planes-cum-cruise missiles smashed the twin towers to atoms and eddies of metal and poison dust.  Noble people rushed to unearth those who screamed below.  New Yorkers resolved to solidarity, not looting.  Mayor Guliani emerged as a moral leader who presence was ever felt at Yankees games as they headed into the 2001 playoffs.  Derek Jeter immortalised himself with his backhanded toss from an impossible angle to the plate to save a run against the Oakland Athletics.  Avoiding the sweep, the Yankees made it to game 7 of the World Series.  The heavens were seemingly smiling upon them.  The Yankees would lose that year to Arizona.  They were denied a four-peat, having won in 1998, 1999, and 2000.

Guilani, in the throes of a deep recession and on the heels of the NASDAQ collapse, was determined to give the Yankees public money for a new stadium that Steinbrenner had been calling for since his lucrative cable deal in 1989.  The Yankees had reclaimed the commanding heights of baseball and the end of the stadium that Ruth built was nigh.

...These are the breaks in New York.  The ancien regime of Tammany Hall still exists in an undigested form in Bloomberg’s New York.  The concept of the ‘honest graft’ still echoes throughout in every stadium deal tendered with public funds.  Yet the fans are still summoned despite the steadfast reduction of the wage-packet in the US since about the time of New York bankruptcy.  Any elementary look at New York will reveal it to be a place where the entertainment industry is owned by high rollers.  The enormous bankroll of the Yankees is as such not because they need to outbid other baseball teams, it is because they need to outbid the countless other things to do in New York City itself.  All other baseball teams are really playing their game of stadium and cable deals, merchandise peddling, real estate development, and ticket sales.  At the very least, and thankfully I might add, they play decent baseball.

Repoz Posted: August 29, 2012 at 02:13 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, history, yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: August 29, 2012 at 08:19 AM (#4220924)
Holy factual inaccuracies littering the article! I wouldn't hand in the masters thesis quite yet, Comrade.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 29, 2012 at 08:42 AM (#4220940)
Holy factual inaccuracies littering the article!

forget it--he's rolling
   3. JE (Jason) Posted: August 29, 2012 at 09:14 AM (#4220978)
Dear Mr. Panos,

The "i" is before the "u" in "Giuliani."

Sincerely,

Stephen Strassberg
   4. TomH Posted: August 29, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4221026)
Cal Ripkin and Mark McGuire hate this.
   5. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: August 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4221083)
My personal favorite is "Ruppert and Huston were sawmill proprietors based in Harlem". Ruppert was not a sawmill proprietor, and he was not based in Harlem.

(I understand how this guy got confused, but still, it is pleasingly wrong.)
   6. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4221134)
Showalter despite his miserable Pythag? As if the game on the field counts. Clearly, the manager award goes to Bobby V., who's done so much to make the sportswriter's job easier.
   7. Repoz Posted: August 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM (#4221156)
With New York City going totally bust in 1976, a deal was confected to divest CBS of the Yankee franchise...

Boy, could have sworn that sale was 1973.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
robneyer
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogFemale Sportswriter Asks: 'Why Are All My Twitter Followers Men?' | ThinkProgress
(146 - 1:16pm, Nov 23)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogAstros interested in Robertson: source | New York Post
(8 - 1:15pm, Nov 23)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogOT:  Soccer (the Round, True Football), November 2014
(423 - 1:14pm, Nov 23)
Last: Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine

NewsblogOT - November 2014 College Football thread
(558 - 1:10pm, Nov 23)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogPablo Sandoval leaning toward Red Sox, to decide next week — Padres have highest offer, all offers on table (including SF Giants’) - John Shea
(11 - 1:07pm, Nov 23)
Last: JE (Jason)

NewsblogSunday Notes: Arroyo’s Rehab, Clark & the MLBPA, Doc Gooden, AFL Arms, ChiSox, more
(1 - 1:00pm, Nov 23)
Last: Mike Webber

NewsblogOTP Politics November 2014: Mets Deny Bias in Ticket Official’s Firing
(4175 - 12:45pm, Nov 23)
Last: JE (Jason)

NewsblogMike Schmidt: Marlins' Stanton too rich too early? | www.palmbeachpost.com
(28 - 12:37pm, Nov 23)
Last: BDC

NewsblogCashman in wait-and-see mode on retooling Yanks | yankees.com
(21 - 12:32pm, Nov 23)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogFriars show interest in dealing for Bruce | MLB.com
(22 - 12:25pm, Nov 23)
Last: Harveys Wallbangers

NewsblogDeadspin: Curt Schilling’s Son Accidentally Brings Fake Grenade To Logan Airport
(15 - 12:09pm, Nov 23)
Last: Worrierking

NewsblogBraves shopping Justin Upton at a steep price | New York Post
(30 - 11:46am, Nov 23)
Last: Colin

NewsblogKemp drawing interest, raising chance he's the Dodgers OF dealt - CBSSports.com
(17 - 11:23am, Nov 23)
Last: DJS and the Infinite Sadness

NewsblogPirates DFA Ike Davis, clear path for Pedro Alvarez - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
(5 - 8:55am, Nov 23)
Last: Harveys Wallbangers

NewsblogESPN Suspends Keith Law From Twitter For Defending Evolution
(101 - 8:37am, Nov 23)
Last: Scott Lange

Page rendered in 0.2038 seconds
52 querie(s) executed