Sunday, November 29, 2020

Phillies lost $2 billion dollars last season? Nope

Everyone was going crazy over this tweet the other day. How would a team lose as much money as the Mets sold for last season? Then we see this.

How does a number like that even make it to print without being checked? You would think there would be some double checking going on. Guess not.



From the The News & Observer 

A person familiar with the Philadelphia Phillies' finances says the team lost $145 million during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season played without fans.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't officially released the figures.

Read more here

From the NY Daily News

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has claimed the combined debt for the major league clubs this year was $8.3 billion. While teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Angels and Red Sox with the highest payrolls took the biggest hits, the low revenue teams like the Marlins, Rays and Brewers have been equally suppressed.

Read more here

Imagine if $2 million of MLB's losses were just the Phillies?

Read more here:

Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Honeymoon period and Mets Fans Spending Steve Cohen's Money.


 I have been thinking about something lately and I keep trying to figure out if I am crazy or not. I keep thinking about Mets fans and Steve Cohen. I also think about Mets fans and Steve Cohen's money. Right now there is a huge love fest on twitter since the Mets are now owned by the richest owner in MLB. Steve Cohen has been very public on twitter, joking around, and talking to fans. Mets fans are loving this because of how different the new regime is from the old one. For anyone on twitter, we know this all could changed in an instant. 

 Mets Fans are having a great time fantasizing Steve Cohen's money like it is an open checkbook. "He's worth $14 million and will spend money." What if he doesn't? What if he doesn't spend enough in the fan's eyes? What if Steve Cohen just extends Conforto and signs Trevor Bauer and doesn't do more than that? What if he only give the GM to sign two out free agents and it isn't the two that the fans want? How will the Mets fans react to that? I saw one guy dropped $300 on a Cohen Jersey. If the Mets don't do well and they don't sign every free agent that fan wanted, what happens to that jersey? I rarely listen to sport talk radio, but this week I ran out of podcasts that I listen to and the morning show that is on Sirius was off, so I listened to Gio and Boomer. Boomer was sitting there spending Cohen's money like it was on fire. "Don't worry our owner is worth $14 Billion and can afford these players."

 I think what I am trying to get at is that we all know how fickle NY Mets fans can be. When does the honeymoon with the fans and the Cohen's start to crumble. For me, I am happy we have new ownership. I want the Mets to succeed and I think the organization will get back to being a premiere team and not a laughingstock amongst other cities fans. I am not going to sit here behind my computer or phone and spend another persons money in my head and on the internet. Would it be nice to have all the players that I want? Sure. But I am going to trust the process and not get upset when Steve Cohen is not spending money on Free Agents that I think should be signed. I just know though there are quite a few fans that are going to get angry if they don't get who they perceive are the players that Steve Cohen should be paying for. And just wait if the Mets go on a losing streak. I can just imagine Mets Twitter coming out the Cohens with torches and pitchforks.

Friday, November 27, 2020 selling a $300 Shea Stadium Card


It’s a weird Black Friday/Cyber weekend for me


I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving yesterday. This has been a crazy year for all of us in general because of COVID-19 but it also got me to thinking about the QBC. This time last year on Black Friday we started selling tickets to the 2020 QBC and it went pretty well. The Mets announced their Fanfest basically right after our tickets went on sale and the event was a week away from when we would be holding it. With SNY backing out of being our sponsor after years of being with us, we knew we were going to basically be up against a rock and a hard place. One of my fave things to do is see the notifications of folks buying tickets for the QBC. Not because it made money. We almost never made money on the event, we just broke even or made enough to get the ball rolling for the next QBC event. 

Once we realized the Fan Fest would make it financially impossible for us to bring in the players we were going to being in because of ticket sales not being what we need them, we decided to cancel it for January and move it to later in the year. Then COVID hit. So we postponed it until it is safe for all of us to get together again after the pandemic is able to be navigated safely.

Let me get to the reason of this post. Steve Cohen mentioned the Mets Fan Fest one day on twitter and the outpouring of support that came from our fellow fans that have attended the QBC over the years was amazing. There were so many tweets and retweets from folks at Steve Cohen telling him that whenever the Fan Fest happens that the QBC should be a part of it. It really touched me and Dan and I just wanted to say that having so many folks showing that they like what we do every year and what the QBC means to them. 

So I just wanted to let you guys know that Dan and myself  are thankful for all of you. Thank you guys. Let’s go QBC and Let’s Go Mets.