Boy, would we love to take that tropical vacation in Bora Bora in a 5 star hotel, fly first class, the whole bit.
Some who ain't got a barrel of money, or a boatload of cash, or a piggybank stocked with nickels and dimes do it anyway. Live for today. Have a blast. THEN the credit card bill comes. "How am I gonna pay THIS sucker!?" is what they think, as they feel slightly nauseous.
What makes it worse is sometimes, those people get to Bora Bora on their credit card binge trip and on day 3, it rains...and on days 4 through 10 it pours...or they pick up an intestinal bug and paradise becomes paradise lost. Spent all that moolah and very little good to show for it...but the bills roll in anyhow.
Mack mentioned the other day that the LA Dollars (err, I mean Dodgers) owe 6 of their 25-man guys $600 million, much of it to be paid in their twilight years. So the Dodgers had a big party, got to the playoffs, it rained, party ruined, bills coming.
Now they may well party again in 2015, but the rainy season is coming sooner rather than later with all those contracts.
They're also wondering if their extended trip to the home of the Wright Brothers may have a lot of rain in the forecast. For a very long time. Or perhaps just lots of clouds and why oh why did I bring 3 bottles of sun screen? The sun ain’t shinin’ like I thought it would, but those bills glow in the dark!
Maybe the Mets' owners have been mostly right all along...cheap trips, stay at home, weekend trips in a Motel 6, put the vay-cay money into the kids instead. Sure, the Metfan family will moan and groan when they don't go on lots of expensive junkets, but the owners are the ones who get the credit card bills in the mail.
They have some great - and cheap - talent in the pipeline. Plenty of pitching (Mack rates the starter stock at A+). Nimmo and Conforto and Plawecki just over the horizon. And guys like the lightly regarded den Dekker and Flores, each of whom may just look like one heckuva bargain as 2015 unfolds.
Owners could stand pat and just party with the kids at home, order in pizza, and really have a blast - no expensive hotel, no expensive flights - just party hardy, and look, Ma, no bills!!
Or maybe they do travel, but use some of their mileage credits (like Rafael Montero) to do time share swaps.
As “Anonymous has written” (is that anything like "Confucious say”?), building a cheap, sustainable model of a playoff contender, rather than high stakes gambling on big contracts now, may be the smartest route. Because the cheap Harvey contracts of today may be REAL expensive in a few years and mess with the party...so we may need to stay on the lookout for cheap party joints. We may have to manage away from those big contracts as the years roll on to keep the party time rolling.
So let's see whether the "cheap party" foundation these owner guys are laying can be sustained for several years. ‘Cause they sure to make big mistakes when they do splurge.
I do, of course, have a personal preference in vacation spots...not TOO roomy please. I like cozy. So move the fences in correctly, you party planners in Queens, and let's REALLY party!
Have a great day...and bring the kielbase. Hey dude, let’s party!