Rich Men’s Toys, or “You Scratched My Anchor, Part 1”

This isn’t a really scholarly post, but I had to note, with some feeling of discomfort, the picture on the front of the New York Times sports page today, of Jeff Wilpon chucking a ball around the Mets’ Port St. Lucie complex, clad in an oxford a sweater vest and oh-so-noticeable Gucci loafers. I don’t know exactly why, but it made me feel like these Owners and their spawn aren’t really living in the real world, that these elitists are just playing with their toy boats. A simplistic take, for sure, as the economics of the game are surely far-reaching and have great national impact, but is was my feeling nonetheless.

2 comments… add one
  • Isn’t the problem coming from the other direction? Owners who care enough to get down on the field and toss around a ball with the fellas–that’s a dandy baseball tradition. What’s a little frightening to me is that this type of owner is being replaced by the giant media conglomerate that sees nothing but a ledger sheet when it looks at its baseball property, which is itself part of a broader, entertainment “portfolio.”

    YF February 20, 2004, 1:33 pm
  • He’s not the owner, he’s the heir to the owner. It just seemed a little too Richie Rich for me. But yeah, the faceless media conglomerates win the greater of two evils contest, by a longshot.

    SF February 20, 2004, 7:19 pm

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