Baseball teams do not care about their fans. I came to this realization today.
And I don’t say this for the reasons you think – it’s not the jawdropping prices on tickets and water (HUMAN NECESSITY, by the way) or the fact that they trade everyone’s favorite players or only give away their junky bobbleheads to a completely arbitrary number of people just so they can watch us get trampled/kill ourselves after all that time surrounded by raw and horrifying humanity.
No. I’m not talking about any of that. Although on second thought…
Still no. I’m talking about the alarming way that they all do things on the same day in the offseason. Weeks (okay, it’s actually days, but it’s the offseason and we’re baseball fans and it feels like weeks) go by with nothing happening except for the odd rumor about a player you may or may not have heard of going to a team you may or may not have heard of. I am partially kidding and partially looking at you, Indians.
And then suddenly they all decide on one day they’re going to tear up the World Wide Web and make all their moves and make their fans’ heads spontaneously combust.
Ahem. Josh Hamilton signed with the Angels today much to his surprise and her surprise and meanwhile, the Giants were all, LOL, that was just a joke, of course we want Andres Torres. And they signed him again. We fans responded, “Yes, duh, we were wondering what getting rid of him was about. Glad it was a joke. LOL or whatever.”
While I’m happy about the Torres move because hell, how could you not be, I am really hating the world because of the Josh Hamilton thing. Baseballisabusiness, but signing within the division is not a nice move under the best of circumstances, which are not Josh Hamilton’s, and if what the Rangers are saying is true, that Hamilton didn’t call them until the deal was all inked, then that doubly does not make Hamilton look very good. I am unusually angry at him.
I think Hamilton is an extraordinary player, but I think the Rangers will be all right without him. Likewise, I don’t think either of the cash-happy LA teams will finish in first place next season. Not even second place, if you peek in my crystal ball. The Rangers are in a very interesting position right now and I think they will certainly make some significant moves either now or at the trade deadline, while in the NL West, the Giants are eying the Dodgers but pretty much staying put, but I am of the opinion that both teams will be just fine. In addition to being the new Moneyball, in a strange turn of events.
But I can say with certainty that everyone will do silly giveaways for the first 20,000 fans and sell $8 water. It’s nice that some things never change.