Epstein: Don’t let MLB insult you

From Daniel Epstein at Beyond the Box Score on December 23, 2019:

Money is simple for small children because denominations don’t exist. If I have two moneys, that should be worth more than one money, regardless of the numbers printed thereon. I might understand that one says “20” and another says “1,” but I’m not sure why this matters. If anything, the coin moneys are shinier and heavier than the paper moneys, so they’re probably better. Besides, what good is money anyway? I can’t eat it or play with it. I’d rather have a Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise Egg, please. (Yes, that’s a real thing.)

The immensely rich folks in charge of baseball see us as no better than children. They believe we have little concept for vastness of their fortunes. Hell, they rely on it! Every time a front office type shoves some derivative of “financial flexibility” down your throat, it’s an insult to your intelligence. Allow me to demonstrate.

At 7:02 PM on a Saturday, the news broke that MLB revenue reached $10.7 billion in 2019. You may be inclined to gloss over such news. It’s easy to conflate denominations ending in -illion. After all, whether it starts with an m-, a b-, or a tr-, it’s more money than most of us will ever have anyway, so what’s the difference? If we can’t play in that sandbox, why should we care how much sand it holds?

Read the full article here: https://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2019/12/23/21033869/dont-let-mlb-insult-you-goodbye-revenue-cubs-red-sox-ricketts-wrigley-fenway-sports-group

Originally published: December 30, 2019. Last Updated: December 30, 2019.