Monday, August 17, 2009
The New Era Of The New Deal
Returning back to Washington, D.C. late last night/early this morning, Sohna and I found it satisfying that we missed out on all the speculation, hyperbole and fearful worrying over Stephen Strasburg. We didn't want to hear the constant rumors. The anxiety over whether a deal will be stuck. Let's face it, everyone watching knew from the very day this San Diego State University Product was chosen by Our Washington Nationals in June, his agent, Scott Boras would manipulate the situation until the last possible moment.
That's his job to do--to get the best possible deal for his client.
It's also Washington's Ownerships' responsibility to find a financial deal that doesn't set the team back for years.
No question about it--this is business--BIG BUSINESS.
But these negotiations are really about more than signing Our Number 1 Pick.
Scott Boras is attempting to change the financial structure of the game.
Compensation is under re-evaluation and will change dramatically (possibly for the worse) if Mr. Boras is successful in blowing away--by a significant distance--any previous high dollar sign given to a talented any young man. Stephen Strasburg is The Poster Boy in this New Era Of The New Deal. What is considered fair and honest compensation for an unproven professional talent? What is considered right? Unfortunately, these contract talks are not just about a young man that wants to toe the rubber and get his baseball career started.
In that respect, this is all sort of a shame.
When you hear the press write or fans comment online--"Just give Strasburg the $50 Million!!" Do any of those people truly understand the domino effect that would have on The Great Game--from the Owner's Box--to Corporate Sponsorship--all the way to ticket prices? Those hard earned dollars that Sohna and I, you and every single fan out there spends to attend each and every home game at Nationals Park.
We don't want to see Nationals Park be like The New York Yankees with $2600 seats sitting vacant between 1st and 3rd Base at New Yankee Stadium. Seats the average fan (which is what baseball is suppose to be all about) can't possibly expect to use on any regular basis. We don't want to see ardent fans pushed even farther and higher away from the action on South Capitol Street--because that average family of four can't afford to attend regularly. Or maybe, not even one game per season.
But that's exactly what might happen--over a period of time--if the financial structure of the game is drastically changed by Stephen Strasburg receiving an overly excessive record contract. A new marker would be set. A height more and more agents and their unproven, yet remarkably talented, young players would strive for every successive year to come.
You can count on that.
Salaries would rise. Ticket Prices would follow.
The African Queen and I don't want to see that. Do you?
The New Era Of The New Deal is being negotiated this very day--Monday, August 17th, 2009. The consequences of this back and forth will finally be known by Midnight this very evening. Reasonable people come to a deal. Those who put their personal agenda above all others--usually do not.
We want to see Stephen Strasburg pitching for Our Washington Nationals wearing his customary Number 37 for years to come--just like every D.C. Fan out there. And we are expecting a deal to be struck tonight because both sides have too much at stake--to lose--if Stephen Strasburg sits out until The 2010 Entry Draft.
Unlike the never completed Aaron Crow negotiations last year where his agents--The Hendricks' Brothers--overplayed their hand and lost (and seem to be doing so again this year with The Kansas City Royals), Scott Boras usually gets his client signed. He understands saving face--while still getting much of what he REALLY WANTED all along.
As much as he may want to change the game--Mr. Boras also understands The New Era Of The New Deal. We imagine Team President Stan Kasten understands those aspects as well.