Thursday, July 01, 2004
A few weeks ago, El Guapo’s Ghost linked an article quoting a D-back owner, Dale Jensen, stating that Randy Johnson will not be traded. In the same article, it is said that
Jensen said the new ownership group does not want to alienate fans by trading popular players like Johnson…"He’s the reason they’re coming to the ballpark. He’s also a dominant No. 1 starter and a cinch first ballot Hall of Famer. Why would you trade a guy like that?" Jensen said.
If Jensen and company looked at the numbers, Randy Johnson is not “the reason [fans] are coming to the ballpark” so far this season. The D-Backs attendance is averaging 33,581 in 2004, which is good for 13th in MLB. In RJ home starts, they are averaging 32,424 including Opening Day, which drew 46,949; excluding the opener, the average is 30,002. Even after the perfect game, RJ next home start only drew 27,897. The D-Backs upper-half standing in attendance is mostly due to three games with the MFY that drew nearly 150,000, NOT RJ starts.
If home attendance in RJ starts is any indication of the fans attachment to him and the team, then RJ should be traded for the betterment of the franchise on the field and their balance sheet. John Henry make the call to your fellow owners in Arizona.
Other News and Notes
• Dick Cheney is a typical MFY fan and after being televised in a MFY hat on NESN, NH will go to Kerry. It is not unprecedented, Bush I was helped in the primary by a Teddy Ballgame endorsement.
• Let’s hope Pedro Astacio never takes the mound in a Red Sox uniform.
• Today’s Sox Aholix post is a must read; made me laugh out loud.