Sandy Alderson answers some questions. Notably, he mentions that really good teams aren't built on star players. Fans come out to see a team with personality. That's true. I like a team with a good personality. And as the Yankees have shown in recent years, it takes a little something more than having every single dude that nobody else can afford. The upshot of having a charismatic team is that it's also the best way to build a losing team. If you have a losing team with a bunch of superstars, your fans hate you. If you have a lovable losing team -- say, the Bad News Bears or the Cleveland Indians back when Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger were playing -- then a losing season is easier to take also. It's a very clever and sneaky way to keep people buying season tickets.
One other thing that's notable is this quote:
In other news, I went to watch Jess's soccer game last night and I ran into John Weisbarth. I was standing in the middle of the open area between the soccer fields and he came jogging out of the office. I stepped in front of him and said, "Hello, Weisbarth."
I think he was a little shocked to see me. There may have been a little fear in his eyes. He said, "Oh. Hey there, man. How's it going.... Ummm..."
"Dex," I said. "It's me, Dex."
"Oh that's right. You fixed my car."
"No, we met at that thing..."
"Right. Well have fun playing soccer! Watch Channel 4!"
And then he jogged off leaving my heart a titter.