Richard Myers | America’s Pastime and Greed

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Letters to the Editor

Now that the World Series is a fading memory, I’d like to talk about just one aspect of America’s favorite pastime — greed.

The well-known quote by the late P.T. Barnum, “There’s a sucker born every minute,” was a reference to circus patrons, but today it is a perfect reference to the folks who file in to our major league stadiums.

Oh, those poor suckers!

Good grief! Just realize that star players are making $8 million or $9 million, even $10 million a year, and even average players are making a million, and you have to ask yourself: Why does a fan have to pay an arm and a leg for a ticket? The answer, of course, is greed! Greed on the part of the players and of course the owners. Who knows how much they rake in.

My goodness, don’t you think the player making $10 million could manage to get by on $9 million? Couldn’t all the players and the owners take a little less so the fans could get a break at the ticket counter? Of course they could, but they won’t because of greed.

It’s the worst part of the game, but it will be with us again on opening day.

Richard Myers


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