Commissioner Fryzel's Agenda: Cubbies in the Series, So Long Yankees and $1 Buds in the Stands
Each one of us, during the course of our lifetime, has wished we would have taken a different career path and been what we really wanted to be. The article by Claude Marx [Marx on Capitol, CU Times, Sept. 29], clearly tipped his hand on his missed calling-that of being a sports columnist for a major daily publication.
I enjoyed Claude's assessment of what major league baseball would look like if Matz, Hyland and Fryzel were in charge of making it better. His final analysis seemed to indicate that the feared troika would strike out. Claude, my good friend, I beg to differ.
If my colleagues and I were at the helm of Major League Baseball, we would carefully review the existing situation, look at what alternatives were available for improvements, ask the owners, managers, players, and most importantly, the fans, for their comments and then offer a step-by-step plan to improve the way baseball is played.
What you might see happen would be:
1. A reduction of teams to a number that would give us only those players who deserve to play in the majors.
2. A reduction in the number of games played in the regular season so as not to extend the World Series into a month where the beautiful vines at Wrigley Field have turned brown.
3. In the interest of fairness, provide an automatic World Series berth to any team that has not been in the series for over 100 years.
4. Break up the Yankees. Although, considering the bias on the NCUA Board, this one may not fly.
5. Allow fans the opportunity to spread the cost of a day at the ballpark over 10 years.
6. Every team would play a double header every Sunday. Sort of like an open and closed meeting on the same day.
7. No domed stadiums. It's baseball, not basketball.
8. Modernize and expand the bathrooms. One for every 10 male fans and one for every five lady sports enthusiasts.
9. For the beer drinkers, $1.00 Buds.
10. And every seventh inning stretch would include the singing of "God Bless America" by Kate Smith.
And when all was put into play, the assessment (for lack of a better word) of the team of Matz, Hyland and Fryzel would be summarized in the words of the immortal Harry Caray, "Holy Cow!"
Michael E. Fryzel
NCUA Board Member