Our friend Nathaniel Rakich has shot us this report based on the latest FEC filings which show where baseball’s political action committee spends its money. And it’s a good bit of money: this year it has spend over $600,000 on campaigns, which is more than it ever has. Even more than in presidential election years.
Why does baseball spend so much money?
It has a stake in heavily regulated broadcast and cable matters, copyright and trademark issues, taxes, alcohol and drug-abuse education and emergency and disaster planning. From 1989 through June 2014, the commissioner’s office spent more than $3.2 million on lobbying.
Baseball, like a lot of corporate lobbying operations, is pragmatic, not ideological. It spends more on Republicans for House races and more on Democrats in Senate races. Basically, it’s giving money to those currently in power. When the political balance changes, so too will the donation patterns, one suspects.
Anyway, interesting reading if you’re into baseball, politics or the politics of baseball.
Wade Davis’ family was at a place called Rock and Brews in suburban Kansas City and the waiter got a good tip. But it wasn’t money. Nope, he got a World Series ticket from Wade Davis’ wife:
The seat was in the players’ family section, which probably could’ve sold on the secondary market for a thousand bucks. I think that’s more than 15%.
I’m sure you noticed the guy behind home plate during Game 1 last night wearing the bright orange Miami Marlins gear. His name is Laurence Leavy, and he’s a lawyer from Miami who makes a point of (a) getting expensive seats to sporting events; and (b) wearing his Marlins gear while sitting in them.
It seems the Royals noticed him too and did their best to try to get him to change his clothes. As the Miami Herald reports, Levy told them to pound sand:
“The owner of the Royals was extremely upset that I was there,” Leavy said.
They offered him a private suite if he would move.
They tried enticing him with free World Series goodies if he would get rid of the orange jersey.
No way, Marlins Man said.
He paid $8,000 for that primo seat and he wasn’t about to give it up.
We saw a story like this last year when the Diamondbacks tried to entice a fan clad in Dodgers gear at Chase Field to change clothes too. It was the same deal: better seats if they wouldn’t change and free gear and drinks if they did. In that case the fan changed. Based on how many big ticket sporting events he goes to, Leavy does not seem to be hurting for money, so he declined.
Personally: I’d change. Hell, I wear stuff from teams I don’t root for all the time, either to get a different fan experience or, in some cases, to troll people. If someone wants to give me free stuff or a beer, just show me the way to the changing room.
In related news:
If you think the woman whose boyfriend said he’d get her a dog if the Royals won the Wild Card game was weird, get a load of this:
Glad to see that they’re putting serious thought and consideration about bringing a person into the world and not, you know, doing it on a lark or anything.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to call my mom and ask her if she and my old man had a wager over the A’s-Reds series in 1972.