So one of my buddies in the financial district gives me a couple of fancy tickets to a baseball game downtown Toronto tonight.
Now this is not my first B Ball game and we usually just pass these kinds of tickets on to the kids, but it was a great evening weather wise and I got Linda wound up to going down to the game for a night out as a break.
Suffice to say we will NOT be doing it again.
First up Parking .......$30 yeah that's thirty your eyes are not deceiving you.
Then a couple of high price drinks......nothing fancy just a beer and cooler ......cha ching .....$20
So we find our seats right behind home base. Order a smoked brisket hoagie each and another beer cha ching ....$40 after including tip.
Then we settle down to watch the game. LA Dodgers were in town to play the Blue Jays. Why they bothered to come over I don't know, Blue Jays could just have sent them a white flag.
So I haul out my phone and begin looking up on google what the Blue Jay players get paid......and another and I am still in shock.
Here we have celebrity Jose Bautista getting paid $14 Million per annum on a 5 year contract with renewal for a possible 6th year that would net him a total of $79 Million over the 6 years and he cannot hit the ball.
Not only that it did not look like either sides pre-Madonna's had any interest in playing the game with any kind of effort going in on either side.
I just don't get it. It makes me feel I am alien to the planet. That the world is on its head to pay a person that kind of money to hit a baseball.
Its not just baseball I feel this way about, add any pro sport to the list and I feel the same way.
Yeah I get the hours of training etc that has gone into their careers but hey take a look at the effort that has gone into Mikes Intarsia and tell me why he should not be getting $5 million for each of his boxes.
We called it quits at the point in time that the Blue Jays were 10 runs down. When we got up we had not realized half the stadium had already left.
I don't have anything against the sports men or woman its the fans that I don't get spending that kind of coin and buying all the paraphernalia that keeps this abomination alive and prospering while they get cleaned out of their hard earned coin.
Sorry for the rant but I must be getting old my value system is totally out of wack with the rest of society. Brent you dessert seems more attractive everyday when I encounter this part of our world. Then we expect kids to go study hard and find a decent job. Yeah right. Its no wonder the summer golf camp my son works at during his University vacation charges $299 per week for the kids to attend and they have no shortage of takers and parents dropping them off for the week for months on end for some kids. I feel so sorry for them. But hey they all going to be Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson he only earned a paltry $2.2 million dollars for the weekend game and that's only the prize money. Why pass the maths class then.
My apologies for letting off steam but man I struggle to try make sense of these crazy things maybe some alternative views can help me see the light or is it darkness that's needed.