Gee, ya think?
Terry Pluto caught up with the Indians CEO to discuss many of the topics that just a season ago weren’t even considered to be broached upon. Paul sounds like a much more affable man these days, but finally giving the fans something to look forward to certainly lends a hand in his opening up.
It might sound insignificant, but it was nice to finally hear someone from the Dolan camp say that the way of business wasn’t working; almost as if to say that the fans knew what they were doing by choosing not to show up. People at the very least want to watch passable professional baseball. And what we have gotten in recent years, aside from the magic carpet ride of ’07, barely qualified. The fans certainly knew that this version of “The Plan” wasn’t working. I’m still not totally convinced that “The Plan” this time around wasn’t just the the ol’ “throw-stuff-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks” mode of operation. I’m no businessman, but I’m pretty sure that sets you up for failure in any walk of life, and it seems that the Indians were a bit slow on grasping the concept.
It’s nice to really get a good look at the process from which we aren’t always privy to. Being that Indians fans have grown accustomed to seemingly questioning every single move that is given the green-light, it is no wonder that we’ve not seen this openness from a Dolan family member.
(And you would hope that they aren’t capable of an absolutely absurd and unethical bait-and-switch tactic like the Marlins went through. At least, we all would hope that no one else could be that evil. Again.)
All in all, a pretty revealing and exciting read from a man who has a bit of an extra bounce in his steps these days. Let’s hope that this remains the new way of doing things, and not just a delicious, one-season tease.