Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dickhead of the Week - David Glass


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When a man's actions get me to agree with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Or Kansas City, as the case may be.

Twenty years ago, the Kansas City Royals were a force to be reckoned with. They were a small-market team that won the I-70 World Series in 1985 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Even though I've always been more of a National League fan, it was hard not to warm up to the Royals teams of the 80s, from my proximity in Topeka.

Enter new(ish) owner, David Glass. Now the Royals are perennial hundred-game losers. It's a sad sight.

The easiest explanation would be, of course, that the Kansas City market can't compete with the likes of New York, Chicago, LA, etc. This is why Major League Baseball participates in revenue sharing and luxury taxes. Small-market teams receive revenue and excessive payroll penalties from teams like the Yankees and Mets, who can afford to pay too much for good players.

George Steinbrenner, who's pretty famous for being an asshole, was against this plan, of course. "What's to keep owners from simply pocketing the money?" he asked, knowing that's exactly what he would do, if given half an opportunity.

The Kansas City Royals payroll was just shy of $37 million in 2005. Yet they received $64 million in revenue sharing and luxury taxes. Where's all that extra money, David Glass? Are you keeping it in your freezer?

But David "Heart of" Glass is keeping up appearances. He introduced a new general manager to the press and got so annoyed by persistent questions about the previous GM from radio reporters Bob Fescoe and Rhonda Moss that he revoked their press passes to the stadium for the rest of the year.

Add to this that David "I've Got No" Glass won the right to buy the Royals, despite offering $24 million less than the other bidder. Oh, and he's also a former CEO of Wal-Mart, who's most famous during his tenure for storming out of a Dateline interview like a petulant child.

Yes, I'm afraid all signs point to Dickheadedness. David "I'm Turning the Royals Into Shards of" Glass, you are Dickhead of the Week.

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