Rally Gorilla

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  1. I did answer the question in an edit. And I'm still loving the commercial paper towels! Can get 'em delivered anytime from Amazon, often next day. They make me happy.
  2. I doubt he would need to go into debt to pay scouting salaries....but, if he did, that might have been a good move. You're not going to get mad at me for the commercial paper towels again, are you?
  3. Arte has a lot of little rules that seem to help his net worth more than our playoff chances.
  4. But, if you are cash poor, you can get low interest loans to get by...using equity.
  5. Like you said yourself, salaries are pretty much the same for big market teams. So that leaves the stadium purchase. Even if he had paid up front for the stadium and land...he would have increased his equity by more than he paid. Not exactly a sound argument for pleading hardship. BTW...This LA Times article from May 12th makes it seem like Arte are the city are renegotiating things and that Arte will be on the hook for paying $30M this season. https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2020-05-12/angels-anaheim-stadium-sale-arte-moreno-deal-city-council Not exactly a huge amount for a team worth nearly $2 Billion. Which is why I said that, if he is cash poor at the moment, his $2B in equity will make a low interest loan very easy to obtain. I had heard from a few places it was agreed that Arte would pay cash up front. Turns out it is payments over time...beginning with $30M by Oct 2020. Perhaps some people referred to it as a cash deal because Arte won't be seeking third party financing? Perhaps I imagined the whole thing? Don't know. Even if he had paid in full up front....the city gave him an amazing deal. Arte's net worth goes up from that deal, not down. Not really a hardship. That was my point. Oh come on. Ok, he gave Trouty $20M of a $400M contract up front. Like you say, it doesn't matter. I wasn't really all that busy. I just didn't agree with you and I said why. Is that ok? I'm already afraid to post about buying commercial paper towels because Lou disapproves I would guess that all teams will lose big bucks on TV revenue. Bigger markets have bigger contracts, so they lose more. But that doesn't convince me that smaller market teams wont suffer more. The big market teams near the payroll tax threshold will also save more in salaries than smaller market teams. I do believe Arte excels at peeing on legs and telling people it is raining. So, no doubt, he'll be spewing along with the best of them.
  6. I don't think there is a convincing argument to be made that Arte is being hit hardest by the timing of all of this. 1) Arte paid $184M for the team in 2003. It is now valued at close to $2Billion. https://www.statista.com/statistics/194619/mlb-franchise-value-of-the-los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim-since-2006/ 2) To keep Arte from moving to another city, Anaheim just let him buy the Big A and 153 acres of surrounding city land for $325M. The land itself is valued at over $300M. https://www.foxbusiness.com/sports/angels-arte-moreno-stadium-anaheim-deal 3) Arte and Co. paid CASH for the stadium and land. If that made him cash poor, then it should be pretty easy to borrow (at today's extremely low interest rates) when you have $2B in equity. 4) The Rendon and Trout contracts weren't a huge one-time cash hit for him....they are paid over time. And, if I understand it correctly, players will not be getting their full salaries this season anyway.
  7. At the end of his tenure, I think Sosh was a bit burnt out and held the reins a bit too tight. But there is no question in my mind he was a fantastic, dynamic and innovative manager in his prime. The ring speaks for itself.
  8. We walk on the beach every morning....and a group of 30 or so young people have started meeting most days to play volleyball....no social distancing worries for these folks and apparently no worries about fines, etc. They seem like a nice enough group, but we're still being careful until more is known, so we just smile and wave as we go by and hope that it works out for them.
  9. I can't speak for everyone who doesn't like the DH....but, I'm pretty ok with night games. Some of my best memories are of low scoring extra inning games that go very late. I wonder if those who favor a DH are just stimulation junkies that wouldn't know what to do with themselves if they had to just hang out and talk with friends while a pitcher warmed up. The same type that needs the game to go quickly so they can get home to their video games.
  10. I've never liked the DH. To me, baseball isn't about constant stimulation and rushing to get the game over as soon as possible. So, I'm ok with pitching changes, watching a pitcher strike out, low scoring games, extra innings, etc.
  11. I'm so tired of of the vast majority of Americans being so easily turned on each other. When WE are divided like this, it makes it easier for US to be distracted, controlled, and F'd over by very savvy and amazingly greedy few who don't give a flying F about ANY of US. WE argue over who are the real Americans....WE are all real Americans. And WE better start paying attention to who is benefiting from all this divisiveness....because it's not US.
  12. I'm fond of the Big A and I think everyone will be fine if we just give the old girl another facelift......but now that the Rangers have a new home, our park will be the fourth best in the AL West....and that's only because the A's play in an f'ing dump. A nice new high tech park with tons of old school style would certainly work for me. I'd even be in favor of a retractable roof....we could leave it open most of the time and close it for those toasty afternoon games that I find myself avoiding as I get older and the climate gets warmer.
  13. My wife uses Zoom for her job and she and her colleagues are really starting to hate it. I've tried asking questions to figure out why it is more tedious on Zoom, but I still don't understand it. You would think all the time saved from not having to travel to a meeting (and being able to interact with others during the lockdown) would make it a positive thing. I'll have to watch from the sidelines sometime to see if I can understand why they aren't liking it.
  14. I don't think I'd be comfortable avoiding the news altogether these days. I usually put it on first thing when I wake up and my daughter and I watch/listen during our morning routines. Then it goes off. I might check the website headlines later in the evening just to see if anything truly new is going on, but that's it. The news networks, of course, would love it if everyone watched 16 hours a day....that's how they make their $$$. And it is very big $$$. So they try to sensationalize every bit of information to make it seem like you don't want to miss a minute of coverage, but most of the stories are just rehashed all day with very little new news in the mix.