Tuesday, May 4, 2010

John Royal deconstructs a myth

Excellent post by John Royal over at the Houston Press today deconstructing the myth that Run-DMc isn't cheap. It's well worth a click, but here's a good excerpt:

Has anyone ever seen a ballpark, anywhere, that is so laden with advertising? The "Fowl" polls and the Landry Crawford Boxes? The only space on the outfield wall that isn't plastered with advertising is the old-fashioned scoreboard in left field. No matter where one looks, there's advertising...

...And only a cheap bastard like McLane would forbid fans from bringing in their own food. The Astros are the only team in the major leagues that forbids its fans from bringing their own food...

...It's well-known that Drayton McLane is a cheap bastard because he was more than willing to endanger the lives of players, families, management, and umpires just because he didn't want to lose the projected revenue from a game against the Chicago Cubs in September of 2008...

...Repeat all you want that Drayton McLane being a cheap bastard is just a myth. Repeat it all that you want, but that still doesn't make it true. McLane's about as cheap as they come, and it's the Houston fans who continue to suffer as a result.


I can't refute any of that.

3 comments:

Joe said...

WAAAA? You can bring your own food? SCREW YOU DRAYTON. PUTTING A FLASK IN MY BOOT.

Reuben said...

Drayton has done some "cheap", money-conscious things, yes. But, and while I don't agree with his approach to draft budgetting, or food policy, etc.; it's silly to call him a "cheap bastard." McLane could be better, yes - but the Astros could do a lot worse than Drayton McLane as an owner.

By the way, if Royal thinks the Astros are the only team with sponsored lineup readings, scores, etc., and ads all around the ballpark, he really isn't paying attention.

Kathy Amen said...

I'm not sure *all* the other ML parks allow your own food, but I know several that do. And it's really nice, plus it encourages entrepreneurship in the form of street food in the neighborhoods of these parks.