Lincoln lauded, lands laurels

DMZ · December 20, 2006 at 1:02 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

or, for M’s fans,
Lousy leader’s labors lacking, losses lessen locals’ love

From GameDaily:

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) sent word today that former president of Nintendo of America, Minoru Arakawa, and chairman emeritus of Nintendo of America, Howard Lincoln, will be the first recipients of the newly-created Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Interactive Achievement Awards (IAA), which will take place during the D.I.C.E. Summit 2007.

Lincoln became chairman in 1994 and is currently the CEO of the Seattle Mariners. “There may be no other business where fortunes can change so quickly, and that makes it great fun,” he commented. “This is a pure entertainment industry where you place big bets, rely on creativity and reshuffle the deck every time a new generation of machines arrives.”

Professional sports is another business where fortunes change that quickly, where you place big bets, rely on creativ– I guess this is a great example of how expertise doesn’t always translate from one industry to another.


15 Responses to “Lincoln lauded, lands laurels”

  1. Carson on December 20th, 2006 1:09 pm

    Well, let me tell you how glad I am that Lincoln is having fun and gambling, as opposed to running a business with the intent to, you know, excel.

  2. BrianV on December 20th, 2006 1:11 pm

    Running a business well often mean making smart gambles.

    Lincoln has not proven his ability to properly evaluate the environment and make his gambles smart when it comes to the business of baseball.

  3. David* on December 20th, 2006 1:11 pm

    Definately not getting a free wii now Derek 😀

  4. DMZ on December 20th, 2006 1:18 pm

    Ooooh. I wish I’d thought of that before I posted. Oh well, it wasn’t going to happen anyway.

  5. Carson on December 20th, 2006 1:18 pm

    BrianV Said:

    Lincoln has not proven his ability to properly evaluate the environment and make his gambles smart when it comes to the business of baseball.

    Yeah, he’s that damn drunk playing 3rd base at the Muckleshoot Casino Black Jack table who hits a 14 with the dealer showing a 6.

  6. DiamondDave on December 20th, 2006 1:21 pm

    Speaking of the Ms brilliant front office, here’s the response I just got from my scathing letter to them a few days back:

    From: Fancare /SEA []
    Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 11:06 AM
    To: David Hirning
    Subject: RE: terrible free agent signings, offseason moves

    Dear David,

    Thank you for your e-mail. We appreciate you taking the time to write to us and share your opinions regarding the Mariners off-season moves. It’s clear that you are very passionate about the Mariners and we recognize and appreciate that. Your comments regarding the Mariners’ management have been forwarded on to the appropriate department for consideration. We know that our fans make a substantial investment of time, money and emotion in the team, and we recognize that we have to keep earning that support each year. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and for your passion and your commitment. We sincerely hope to have you as a fan of the Seattle Mariners in 2007!
    Seattle Mariners Fancare

  7. Celadus on December 20th, 2006 1:37 pm

    #5. It has been my experience that one seldom gets a personal or even an appropriate response from a crappy organization with an arrogant CEO. Lincoln, quite obviously, sees himself as a successful bigshot, leading me to quote, once again, from T. S. Eliot, who may have lived long enough to see Lincoln as an embryo. Lincoln is:

    “one of the low, upon whom assurance sits like a top hat on a Bradford millionare. . . . His vanity requires no response and makes a virtue of indifference.”

  8. Celadus on December 20th, 2006 1:39 pm

    Um, that should have been millionaire. My mistake, not Eliot’s.

  9. Zero Gravitas on December 20th, 2006 2:54 pm

    6 – Funny! I got the same response.

  10. the other benno on December 20th, 2006 2:58 pm

    Obviously Lincoln has lost his sheet of hacker codes to use in this game.

    Oh, right, this is reality, no super power bonuses.

  11. David J. Corcoran I on December 20th, 2006 3:09 pm

    6- Wow. That’s the same response I got. The basic premise of my message was “I’m not a fan anymore, screw you” and getting back that last line is always fun.

  12. Karen on December 20th, 2006 7:42 pm

    Obviously the furious e-mails to the M’s didn’t get farther than the temp who’s been hitting the macro buttons to churn out responses for 1) season ticket holders, 2) impressed casual fans, and 3) disgruntled diehard fans. Maybe it’s the same letter for all 3…

  13. Matthew Carruth on December 20th, 2006 8:33 pm

    That’s funny because Howard Lincoln was a terrible president for NoA.

  14. Grizz on December 20th, 2006 9:45 pm

    I sent my angry email last year after the Washburn signing. I indicated that I was a season ticket holder (even giving my account number/seats location) and had decided to ask for my deposit back but was giving them a chance to change my mind. In response, I got last year’s version of the above form letter regarding Everett (even though I had mentioned Washburn, not Everett). I sent a follow-up email asking why should I renew my tickets if they cannot even send me the right form letter in response. There was no reply, not even from the account executive. I asked for my deposit back.

    It would have taken only a little effort to keep me as a customer, but now it will take a lot to get me back.

  15. msb on December 20th, 2006 11:20 pm

    I still haven’t gotten my form letter. I feel so bereft.

    did Howard get a Hardy Handshake, as well?

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