Bringing Customers to a Boring Business
Many years ago, I went to an upstate minor league baseball game and saw the Albany, NY Yankees.
Performing at the game was Max Patkin, "The Clown Prince of Baseball."
A goofy, double-jointed stick of a guy who mimed, aped, confronted and dissed everyone on the field, Patkin was hysterically funny.
Single handedly, he turned a so-so evening into a memorable vaudeville-like experience.
"I remembered him," Peggy said. "Was it really in Albany?"
Max Patkin—who made more than 4,000 appearances—passed on in 1999.
Take a moment to savor Patkin's epic lunacy.
Next to Football, Basketball and Hockey, Baseball Is a Bloody Bore
Sadly, so is horse racing. Tracks are closing all over American. The most recent, Suffolk Downs near Boston.
At the track, you spend five hours and get 20 minutes of action. And if you want to make it your business to win, you only bet on two or three races.
At the craps table, roulette wheel or slots, you get an hour of action during every hour you spend.
Baseball needs more Max Patkins.
The average baseball game is three hours, eight minutes.
The average amount of action is just 18 minutes.
A move is afoot to come up with ways to shorten the length of baseball games.
"When I talk to my kids, they love going to the ballpark for a few innings," said Peter Kirk, president of the independent Atlantic League. "And then they get bored."
When the Phillies Were Hot, So Was Attendance
Philadelphia is a sports-crazy city with three 24/7 all-sports radio stations.
Once or twice a year we go to a Phillies game. Not cheap: an average of $50 a ticket, $20 parking, plus food and drink. For a family of four, it's a $300-plus outing.