By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY LABOR DAY, SEPT. 4, 2011) — THE PLANET was wrong. Jim Gleason, Jeffrey Turner, and everyone else who at this address as commentators never got on board with the Pittsfield Colonials were right. The Colonials critics and the realists about professional baseball in Pittsfield can rub it in as much as they like. THE PLANET will take his beating like a man.
We repeat: They were right. We were wrong. Let us know about it all you want. We won’t fire back.
THE PLANET was played for a fool.
We trusted; we were let down.
We believed; we were laughed at — with a pie thrown in our face for good measure. Humble pie may not taste the best, but it still nourishes if one profits from the unpalatable meal.
‘HOME’ Games on the Road
The Pittsfield Colonials are playing their “home” playoff games on the road, in New Jersey against the Jackals. THE PLANET found out about this on Saturday, during the regular season finale at Wachconah Park, which sharp-eyed readers will notice is not “Beloved” in this post. The reason is money. Teams split playoffs revenues based on attendance.
We sat on the story to let the Boring Broadsheet take it, for two reasons:
(1) THE PLANET heard about this not from the team but from one another source. Guess it was silly for us to expect to be brought in on the decision in advance, even though we had allowed out name and likeness to be used promotionally, billed as “Communications Consultant.”
(2) The BB deserved this story more than we did and would give its due amount of venom.
The reason for this “home” decision is money. In the playoffs, teams split revenues from tickets sold. THE PLANET understands the bottom line as well as anybody, but we understand responsibility even better. Even granting for the sake of argument that recouping lost money overrides the need to reward your loyal fans and trumps the archaic trait of loyalty, AT LEAST AT MINIMUM don’t you think some advance word via this channel and other media would have made this a more palatable situation?
There may be more to say about the Colonials situation, not all of it flattering, and then again, there may not. It all depends upon … well, those in the know — they know what it depends upon. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, we have more important fish to scale.
With that, we go all Doris Day on ya, now: Che sara, sara!
THE PLANET WISHES YOU A GREAT LABOR DAY HOLIDAY.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.