Effectively Wild Episode 1210: You Stay Classy, Salvy (and San Diego)


Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Steven Brault’s non-strikeout streak, the failing Wilmer Font and Kazuhisa Makita, the excellent Ozzie Albies, scouting Pablo Sandoval’s pitching, a silly Salvador Perez-Tim Anderson dust-up, the AL Central’s weakness so far, the streaking Diamondbacks, Adrian Gonzalez getting booed in San Diego, and a dead man rounding the bases, then talk to Baseball Prospectus’s Rob Mains about why ticket prices won’t go down, why player salaries have little to do with the cost of attending games, when free admission might make sense, and how baseball in 2018 does and doesn’t resemble baseball in 1968.

Audio intro 1: Mother McRee’s Uptown Jug Band Champions, "Boo Breaks"
Audio intro 2: Lord Huron, "Dead Man’s Hand"
Audio interstitial: Superchunk, "Saving My Ticket"
Audio outro: The New Pornographers, "High Ticket Attractions"

Link to Jeff’s Shohei Ohtani post
Link to Pages From Baseball’s Past newsletter
Link to Rob’s article about ticket prices
Link to Rob’s article about baseball in 1968

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5 years ago

Jed Hoyer met with Boggs (Gonzalez’ agent) and Hoyer said that Boggs made it clear that San Diego would not be able to resign Adrian. Adrian always complained about Petco and SD fans had the impression that he wanted to hit at a more hitter friendly park. Even while he was in SD, he was considered “cold”. As a Padre fan that loved Adrian, I always got the impression that he wanted out. And after he was traded to the Red Sox, I got the impression that he was happy about it.