Recession, Recede!

Don’t look now, folks, but with less than a month to go, the Major League Baseball season is right around the corner, ready to pounce and ready to perhaps take your wallet:

baseball statue.jpgAnd while some speculate that the current economic crisis will severely hinder and affect baseball as well as the game’s overall attendance, I like to think that baseball will be just the thing that kicks us all in the collective ^ss and gets our minds thinking about things other than plummeting stocks and dwindling 401Ks. 

The good news is: we are already seeing signs that point to positive attendance numbers. 

The bad news is: people are really hurting.

I know it.  You know it.  We can’t turn on the evening news anymore without being fear-mongered to death by stock prices horrifically reminiscent of Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger and Dick Cheney.  Such scare tactics seem more responsible for soft markets and second-guessing investors than anything else.  We are being bombarded by negativity!

So I can’t help but ask: Isn’t the state of the economy more of an attitude than it is a tangible barometer for life?  Can we not convince ourselves that everything will be okay, that our bank accounts will be okay, that the Cardinals might make the post-season?

Despite King Bud’s ominous foreshadowing, the fact remains: we Joe Six-Pack US Americans (and some Canadians) need baseball.  We need to have that summer escape, experience that trite tranquility, find that bubbly beer-man.  Without it, we would be lost.  Believe me.  I remember 1994.

And it almost killed me.

Sure, we will all have to make sacrifices.  In fact, I have already begun instituting a frugal fiscal program that will eventually afford me the ability to go to the ballpark this season:

Instead of Johnnie Walker Black, I’ll drink Johnnie Walker Red.

Instead of Giordano’s, I’ll eat Little Caesars.

Instead of going to Kelly Clarkson concerts, I’ll watch American Idol Rewind.

And boom!

Simple as that, I have a few extra dollars to blow on $5 hot dogs and and $7 Old Styles.

But I will be happy… and that’s the most important thing.

Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.



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Little Caesars?! Over Giordano’s?! That hurts my heart more than you know. Especially since I’m subjected to the crap that is pizza in San Diego. I’m all for cutting costs, but that’s nearly blasphemous! :)

I’ve been tightening my belt too. I’ve given up transformative Pinot Noir for wine in a box.

See – that’s why I’m keeping my old battered pink hat instead of buying all the latest and greatest gear!


OMG! I love Giordano’s. I only had it once several years ago, but I remember: It was heaven.
To make this recession go away, we all have to pull together, pitch in and do our part. So, I promise every extra dollar I have will go to a baseball related activity. It’s a promise I will have no trouble keeping.

Despite gorgeous weather and three teams (CLE, LAD, CHW) in brand new stadiums, USA Today reports Cactus attendance down about 20% from last year (per game). Spring attendance, incl Florida and the lower drawing WBC games, down about 12%

My parents and I are doing our part to stimulate the economy. lol Buying new tvs, opera tickets, and I got a ticket package for the Tigers. Recession-Schmession. I want baseball. lol


I LOVE Giordano’s! That is my favorite pizza place in the world. Good luck trying to do without.

Well, I would purchase season tickets even though I don’t have job, but I am not a Cub fan. Guess I’ll just have to settle for watching the games on tv.-Erin

Try $60 bucks for a bleacher ticket at Citi Field.

Haha, great post title. Oh yeah, good post too.

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