The return to the long dark winter of a small market
I don’t have a lot to say about Armstrong’s comments, but I wanted to make this quick point:
His comments about the challenges of Seattle’s market, and more generally the preparations to get everyone ready for slashing payroll and going to ground for a couple of years, are entirely lies, based on the premise that Seattle is a small market, which it isn’t, or that it’s hard to make money, which it’s not, and that they gave it a good try but failed because of totally unforseeable events they had no control over.
It’s part of the team’s long and storied history of mendacity, expectation-lowering, and their continual pouting that the fans and the city aren’t grateful enough to them for operating a for-profit business subsidized by us all.
As bad as these years have been, I’m not looking forward to seeing an even more petulant team waving a finger at me in the future, lecturing me on how they can’t afford to upgrade the team because I don’t go to enough games, rather than because they spent so long being so incompetent when the money was easy to come by.