I think their PR efforts have kind of sucked lately. But yeah, making long term baseball decisions based on fans in the seat this season, would be foolish & myopic.
So let me see if I’m understanding you correctly and I’m going to add some context to make sure we’re both 100% clear on what you’re proposing here.
In 2020, there was a world-wide pandemic, 60 games were played in front of zero fans. Not one ticket, hot dog or beer was sold. Game day revenue was zero.
In 2021, about a third of the home games were played in front of an empty/reduced capacity stadium. The Sox made a nice run in the postseason but revenue was compromised.
In 2022, the team was pretty bad and by the end of the season Fenway was a ghost town. Seriously, I got the best seats of my life (three rows behind the visitor dugout for $30 a seat). My safe assumption is that game day revenue was down.
2023 doesn’t look much in terms of public perception. The Sox could surprise and they could be the hot ticket of the summer, but I am pretty sure that’s not going to happen.
In regards to your suggestion, the Sox stay the path, not go overboard in signing high priced free agents and wait until their prospects develop into major leaguers. Let’s assume that everything goes right. When do you expect these prospects to become contributing major leaguers? End of 2024, maybe 2025?
Now we’re talking six full seasons of unfulfilled game day revenue. Do I think that FSG is going to start selling office furniture to make ends meet? Of course not. There is enough revenue coming in from other sources to cover below average game day revenues.
But if there’s one thing I know about all sports owners is that they like making money. Actually, that’s wrong, the LOVE making money. And if John Henry sees a revenue stream that was once making him and his partners a shit load (real financial term) of cash not realizing that money, what do you think he’s going to say?
Even if he’s cool with it, what is he going to say to his shareholders when they ask. They might not be so keen on finding out whether Bloom’s experiment is going to work or not.
Furthermore, what if bottoming out does nothing? What if Mayer sucks or gets hit by a bus? What do Blaze Jordan flames out (PUN!)? What if Yorke is nothing but a utility infielder?
Then the team is looking at another round of rebuilding and restocking the minor leagues. Which can be another five years until fruition. John Henry deals in guarantees, building strictly through the minor leagues is not a guarantee of anything. In fact, the success of teams that try and fail to do this are by far worse than the failures.
Furthermore, from your posts you consider yourself a smart Sox fan who thinks that this is the one true way. Which is fine, that’s your right. But even amongst this board, almost 75% of the people who voted on their confidence level in the front office is at or below 50%.
So youre In the minority of a minority in terms of whether this plan is right and whether Bloom and company can succeed. It doesn’t look great right now. I’m not saying you’re wrong, but a vast majority of people aren’t on your side. And those people are also paying customers. You lose them, you lose a ton of money.
The above is why listening to the fans is not stupid or myopic, no matter what you think. This isn’t a 401k broker who’s telling you to ride out a recession and that your savings will be fine in five to ten years. Bloom is a steward of an entertainment company. The more he does to make his product irrelevant the more it’s going to cost him and his bosses.
For most people baseball is no different than a TV show, book or concert. To pretend that it’s somehow more is foolish.