Gammons holds forth on the overall decline in attendance this season. This made me go “huh?”
Attendance is not the sole barometer for the sport’s economy, but it represents a warning sign. We hear the bold predictions of Teixeira-like money for this winter’s premier free agents, such as Matt Holliday and Jason Bay. But in this economy and given the drifting of second-tier free agents last winter, it won’t be Christmas before we hear cries of collusion and the first refrains of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
Who, aside from Jason Bay and Matt Holliday’s agents, is seriously suggesting that they’ll get “Teixeira-like money?” If Gammons means that they’ll receive legal tender similar in form to that which Mr. Teixeira receives then sure, they’ll get Teixeira-like money. If he means that they’ll get such tender in amounts approaching that which Teixeira is getting then he’s crazy.
They’re nice players, but Holliday probably played his way out of any interest from AL teams with his performance in Oakland. Bay is two years older than Teixeira. Even if the biggest free agent player in baseball — the Yankees — were to go after them, they’d be competing for essentially the same Yankee dollars, thereby lowering the price down further.