Tuesday, April 14, 2009

By Popular Demand:

Or, really, just because D3 and I talked about this while waiting for the Slimosine yesterday: MikeHunt wonders whether Madison should attempt to resurrect its long-dead baseball program. (Apologies in advance for the C- effort I'm about to put forth. Brewer game ran a little late last night, and I don't have my fastball today.)

OK, Mike: let's weigh the pros and cons:

On one hand, it's embarrassing that UW is the only Big Ten school without baseball.

I know! I've heard so many Madison folks* complaining about the shit they take from Minnesota and Northwestern about not having a baseball team. I mean, what's the use in beating Indiana 69-3 in a football game when the Indiana alums can snidely say, post-beat down: "Yeah, well, at least we field a baseball team!" It's a devastating counterargument.

(*: I do not actually talk to Madison attendees or alums, save for FPMKE's new lady friend and my little sister's buddy Joe, who's a decent shit.)

On the other, Barry Alvarez, who happens to be a huge baseball fan - he grew up rooting for the Pirates - would face enormous obstacles to revive the program.

Beyond the current economic situation, they include:

I love this: leaving aside the fact that there's no money for anything right now, and universities are, in some instances, closing down whole departments, there are a few issues. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how'd you like the play?

Title IX: To add a men's sport, UW would have to start a new women's sport or two to balance the male/female scholarship ratio. That would be expensive.

No facility: That awful boggy site where the Badgers once played is now a small lot behind the women's softball stadium. No site on that tight campus comes to mind, unless the Badgers could share with the Northwoods League team on the north end of town. Again, pricey.

Non-revenue: in Wisconsin weather, there is no chance for college baseball to cover its expenses. The first 25 games would be on the road, adding to costs. That would put more strain on football, men's basketball and men's hockey, which covers the bills for the other sports. And baseball is an expensive sport.

Wow. So, in the "reasons not to do this" column, we've got: (1) it's expensive; (2) there's no place to play; (3) it's really, really expensive; (4) Title IX; (5) it's really, really fucking expensive; (6) it's hard to play spring baseball in a state where we often see a few inches of snow in late March/early April; (7) it's disgustingly, prohibitively, ungodly fucking expensive, and it generates very little money once it does get up and running.

But then again ...

Practicalities aside, it's baseball.

Oh, Christ, I forgot what sport we were talking about! Thanks for snapping me back to attention, MikeHunt. Now, as for the reasons why Madison should explore this possibility:

[Crickets]

Oh.

Bottom line, is it a matter of cost or a matter of pride?

Um, it's a matter of cost. I think you conclusively established that, like, three paragraphs ago.

1 comment:

Reid You Animal! said...

Only Mike would advocate for something and then procede to break down how completely infeasible it is. And then dismiss the entire argument he just made and re-state that he believes this is a great idea.

Great tag by the way