Morning Money Quotes

Financier John Canning Jr., who had been a serious bidder to purchase the Chicago Cubs, on his secret loyalties:

“The only thing that I was able to come out of the closet on was I’m actually a White Sox fan. God, what a relief not to buy the Cubs.”

The WSJ on why Manny Ramirez would probably be good at cricket:

In cricket, the “bowler” will usually throw the ball so that it bounces off the ground before reaching the batsman. By that logic, says John Aaron, secretary of the United States of America Cricket Association, “any baseball player who hits the sinker or low fastball would enjoy a greater percentage of hits.”

The NYT on the slow rise of club cricket in American colleges and universities:

After the championship match, in which South Florida could not handle Montgomery’s firepower, the local fans — three Jamaican retirees sitting in the shade — nodded in approval, clapping politely.

Rob Neyer wonders why publicly funded stadia, despite being economic non-starters, continue to get approved and built:

Is it because the ballpark proponents contribute money to — i.e., bribe — the local politicians? Is it because the politicians are driven to make their mark on things, and building a huge concrete playground for millionaires is one of the biggest marks one can make? Is it because the voters really do want to spend their tax dollars on those huge playgrounds?

Huff Po on Chicago’s hopes that President Obama will show up when they make their final pitch to host the 2016 Summer Olympics:

“Anyone who’s met him senses he has the charisma and chemistry to work well with people,” said Bob Ctvrtlik, the USOC vice chairman for international relations. “If he can come and stay for an hour, we’ll appreciate it. If he can stay a few days, we’ll appreciate it even more.”

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4 responses to “Morning Money Quotes

  1. Michael

    The reason stadia continue to be approved is that politicians take an enormous amount of heat when their teams leave. We’re going through that in Seattle right now with the departure of the Sonics.

    As unpopular as a ballpark or arena may be (I say “may be” because citizens across the country continue to support stadia in referendums as well), it’s MORE unpopular to lose the team.

    The only real mystery here is why Rob Neyer, usually a really smart guy, couldn’t figure that out.

  2. Mac Millings

    I’m afraid Manny probably wouldn’t be any good at cricket. Scratch that – had he been brought up with the game, he’s such a natural hitter that I have no doubt he has it in him to have succeeded.

    But Manny as he is – there’s no way for a hitter, even an all-time great, to learn to be a good batsman (or for a great batsman to be a good hitter).

    There’s too much difference in mechanics – both between bowler and pitcher (the low fastball thing is a red herring, in cricket the ball is rising at you off the ground 95% of the time), and between batsman and batter – the former tends to set up to hit with the bat vertical, even if he doesn’t always actually hit that way, whereas the baseall hitter swings horizontally, more or less. The body movements are very different.

    The mindsets of the players in both games are pretty similar – but interestingly (to me), I’d argue that the better analogies are to be drawn between pitcher & batsman, and bowler & batter. For one thing, the former pair are, essentially, on their own, and need great focus for a long period, whereas the latter work more in bursts, and they are they ones who do the individual (rather than long-term) things that win games – take wickets and create runs.

    Could go on, but you’re bored already.

  3. daynperry

    Hey, Mac-

    Thanks for reading. I’ll certainly defer to your knowledge on cricket. Other than reading about it online and having seen some segments of various matches and knowing the basic rules, I’m pretty ignorant about it. That’s especially the case with strategy and technique. So you taught me something.

  4. Mac Millings

    Dayn,

    Everything I know about modern baseball stats I learned from your Stats 101 series, so I’m delighted to have returned the favor, even in a very small way.

    A baseball player or cricketer might not be able to learn to play the other sport to a high standard, but speaking as someone who grew up with cricket, and is growing to love baseball now that I live in the US, a fan of one can easily become a fan of the other.

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