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  1. In this hypothetical, I probably wouldn't pay much. I do pay a lot more normally -- both MASN and 29-game ticket package, but it is hard to be enthusiastic this year for some reason -- not just a bad team because I watched and attended faithfully through all the bad years. Is it Covid-19? Who knows.
  2. Or something that would last as long as the drive to get there.
  3. Having grown up in West Texas and having lived both there and on the East Coast as an adult, mileage is the wrong measure. Where I grew up, 50 miles is a 45 minute drive without much stress. Around the DC beltway, 45 minutes gets maybe 10 miles at rush hour. Our commute to Orioles games is between 2-3 stressful hours for about 50 miles. We do it 30+ times per year, but that would be the equivalent of 150 miles in Texas.
  4. Well, I did re-up in spite of expressing some irritation the other day. I have watched and participated in a lot of baseball, both as an Oriole season ticket holder for more than 20 years and while working with the local youth baseball league as a coach and official. A lot of it was not winning baseball. I don't really care that we have traded two players I enjoyed because I also enjoyed watching some promising young players get a chance -- even when they didn't always look as good as I had hoped. Nonetheless, I did seriously consider taking my entertainment dollars elsewhere. Furthermore, I would not have come back. It is a multi-hour hassle getting to a game in Washington/Baltimore traffic and there needs to be some feeling that the team appreciates the long term fans. Some of the recent changes in Fan Fest, the Dugout Club, etc. (with each change something of a surprise) has not felt like appreciation. Being told by the fan rep that all that is just the way it is also does not seem like appreciation for my business. I like the changes to the baseball side of things, even though there may not be a winning team for a few years, because I see hope for the future under what I consider to be a more intelligent approach to sustaining a winning team. I believe, with no proof, that the organization seriously overspent for several years to maintain a hope of winning playoff games and thereby starved other elements of the organization. I believe, with no proof, that the current efforts to reduce spending on the major league team is necessary to rebuild the infrastructure, including the ability to adequately evaluate and train young players. I buy all that and I really can enjoy seeing less talented players giving everything they have to win a game, even if they are somewhat lacking in talent. However, I am irritated by some recent changes to things I enjoyed with little official explanation of why the changes were made. Wins are not unimportant to me , I would rather see a win than a loss when I fight beltway traffic to get there. That said, I am willing to watch losses if I am given a little more information about the reallocation of resources. I am willing to see things like Fan Fest cancelled if someone would say why it is not economically feasible given the need to re-allocate resources. I can deal with a lot of negatives if there is any attempt to explain why they are necessary. If that is whining to others, then so be it. Many on OH have ideas of why and I always like to hear those ideas, but I hear a vast silence from official sources. Feeding the mushrooms (season ticket holders and other loyal fans) a little bit of information could make up for a lot.
  5. On the other hand, showing disdain for fans, especially season ticket holders, might change the number in the elevator. Was it smart to not pay Villar? Maybe. Was it smart to cancel FanFest (that has been a family tradition for us for many years)? Maybe. Is it smart to change the Dugout Club? Maybe. Does all that have a cumulative effect on my desire to fork out a lot of dollars for season tickets (as I have for more than 20 years, including last year)? You bet it does. We have not renewed. Maybe we will and maybe we won't. I guarantee that if they make me mad enough to make me cancel my season tickets, I will never be back no matter how many wins and World Series they may win.
  6. Probably showing my ignorance, but as long as we're setting up a computerized system, shouldn't the strike zone be 3 dimensional, so we know whether the pitch passed over a portion of the plate and/or through the required vertical zone? This is technically feasible, I think, but might require a lot more cameras/computing requirements. The one on TV seems to be a vertical plane located at some point over the plate.
  7. As a long time season ticket holder who has paid a lot of money over the years to watch an often miserable team, fanfest was one event I could look forward to with pleasure. My family and I attend and enjoy it. We don't care about autographs, but always enjoy the sessions where the GM and Manager can be optimistic, some players appear, etc. To me, it makes up for a little rebuilding pain. I will be very disappointed if they don't have it. I know a lot of what is said is too optimistic, but it's nice to see people on a nearby stage instead of a bunch of uniforms at a distance.
  8. No, I really don't care about either particularly. I am just saying that with the bad team we had, some of the things that statistics reject as being of minimal worth (and correctly I think) have some value to paying fans who want to remain loyal even in down years. I send the Orioles my money even in bad years because I am a fan. It would be nice if they would look for relatively cheap opportunities to make the losing less depressing while we all wait for the long term plan to pay off.
  9. I understand that, in terms of runs eventually scored, the steals by Villar and others had little value. As a person who paid for quite a number of tickets over the course of a really bad season, I enjoyed them. I believe the team will someday wonder what happened to all the loyal fans if they don't do at least something to keep losing teams interesting while the assets build up in the minors.
  10. When the Olympics were in Atlanta, a ticket buyer from New Mexico was directed to foreign sales.
  11. I don't have a dog any more, but I very much enjoyed walking through the "doggie section" and watching the dogs having a great time.
  12. A thing to check on is the church parking lot just up from the K/L parking on Hamburg. Someone there to watch the car and a small enough lot to watch easily. Price is usually the same as Oriole lots but no reservation needed. End up walking two blocks more than from K/L.
  13. 30+ last year and probably the last 20 or so years. I expect to do 30+ this year too. I have to say last year was the first year I can remember that I didn't enjoy most of the games. Last year was also the first year I didn't try to watch every game on TV if I wasn't there in person. There was something about last year that was just plain bad, far more than just the record. I look forward to losing with a team that doesn't have that "something" even if I can't say exactly what it was.
  14. I don't think the pace of the game is the underlying problem. Of course, that is an opinion based on my experience living where I do. I think that to enjoy baseball, either a 2 hour version or a 3 hour version, you have to have a basic understanding of the game so that you can appreciate the nuances and undercurrents as the game goes along. I know that football is like that and I suspect other games are also. Today kids are in a large number of activities with parents rushing from one activity to another. As a result, even those kids who play Little League or other leagues only play baseball at scheduled practice times and the rest of their lives they are at other organized activities. I see lots of kids who play a little bit of baseball, never learn much about it, and quit when they are 7 or 8, with a few not even knowing to run to first instead of third when they hit the ball. This is not a rant against current lifestyles, I just think the attendance problem in baseball (and other sports soon if not now) is more fundamental than small rule changes can address. That being the case, I would vote for leaving the game alone. I have always heard baseball being praised for the perfect balance between the distance to bases, the speed of players, and the time to field and throw a ball. I like the idea of players being forced to at least try to guide hits -- not only to beat a shift but also to hit behind a runner, execute a hit and run, etc. Just another old codger I guess.
  15. I am interested for the reason above, but I will say that losing baseball doesn't have to be crappy baseball. I am reasonably entertained when players who aren't really ready for MLB are playing sound defense, making intelligent decisions, etc. but just don't quite have the moxie to beat the good teams. The present spectacle is what I call crappy. Multiple errors each game, stupid baseball decisions, etc.
  16. Maybe you and I can get antique license plates for ourselves instead of our cars. 😉
  17. I think we are forced to take the long view. DD and AM inherited a failed system. The major league team was terrible and the minor league teams were largely bare to projectable talent. If we were a business we would have been in bankruptcy. We were like a business without many assets and no credit. Over the past several years we have seen our GMs slowly pull us up from that point. Today our major league team is competing much more successfully, but achieving that condition has involved using almost all the assets from the minors to obtain players who are credible, but not stars and hoping our draft choices come through big time. We have improved our overall situation steadily but slowly over the past few years -- much like any of us with marginal credit and only a little cash could do. We have a long way to go to be completely healthy, but I do think we are demonstrating some positive momentum and, as with money, as our assets grow we will be able to get in on better deals and the rate of growth in total assets will increase. I think that point of accelerated growth is a few years away and the moves of any off season have to be evaluated with restraint. That said, of course, we will always have a large scope for disagreement on particular decisions.
  18. I have four tickets on the aisle in Section 17 Row 11 for the September 3rd game and parking in K/L. I would like to be sure these get to Orioles fans. If you are interested, PM me and/or reply to this thread.
  19. One way to achieve that is to change from a rule-oriented system to a goal-oriented system. You identify what results you want a person to demonstrate and judge success or failure by whether those results are demonstrated. That does not say that a person shouldn't get advice and assistance in achieving the stated goals, but the result should be the bottom line, not following a set of rules. (Obviously not talking about laws, morals, etc. here, but job performance.)
  20. Seems to me Drungo's methodology is more like an assessment of what a rational team might offer rather than a prediction of what will actually be offered. Of course the $7 million number includes historical data about how teams have valued a certain level of production in the past, so it is not completely off the wall in terms of assessing likely contract offers. The value assessment on what a team should pay is more in the idea of the length of a contract where it is assumed that a team will not offer a contract that projects to go beyond the time when a player's performance drops below an easily replaceable level.
  21. 6. Money will be available to buy (in one form or another) additional/different players. Possible conclusions 1. Front office will completely waste the money (or not spend much of it) -> bad 2016 2. Front office buys wisely, but it's not enough -> 81 plus or minus 10 or so 3. Front office buys wisely and most perform to norm -> 85-90 competetive but no guarentees 4. Front office buys wisely and some overachieve on the field -> playoffs I don't know which will happen. One can either be pessimestic or optimistic about the variables. No one will know until it's over.
  22. I have 4 tickets in a 29 game plan and have had for more than 20 years. I would not have 4 tickets if the price doubled. I would have to question it if there were a 20% rise or so. I don't know where my cutoff would be, but there is one well before double.
  23. All those little children I saw last weekend wearing NYY gear. What are their parents thinking?:laughlol:
  24. I am a Cowboy fan, even though I live in a DC suburb. I grew up in Texas and moved here as an adult. Baseball in Texas when I grew up was the Fort Worth Cats -- at a distance of over 100 miles. Went to Texas A&M, so no allegiance to local college teams, although I follow the Terps and Hoyas in basketball. I actually had never seen a professional baseball game live until I moved up here and attended an Orioles game. Instant convert and the Nats never had a chance. Guess I came from a dysfunctional childhood. Sorry about that.
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