Thinking deeper at David Glass
Sunday’s story was about David Glass. If you’re a Royals fan, I really do hope you take some time to read it.
We’ll go back on this article from time to time on this blog, this week and maybe into the future, because there are some parts in it I think we’d all do well to keep in mind.
Today, though, is more of a philosophical question:
Could you ever change your mind on David Glass?
There are assumptions in that question. Mostly, I’m assuming you don’t like Glass. That you think he’s cheap and greedy and secretive. I make this assumption based on the fact that I’ve lived in Kansas City for all but about four months of Glass’ time owning the Royals and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard more than five nice things said about him by anybody who doesn’t cash checks with his signature.
And I ask that question being damn sure that if David Glass sold the Royals five years ago, and the new guy/gal ran the team in exactly the same way that Glass has operated in the last five years, a whole lot of people in Kansas City would have confidence in the new owner.
There’s no right or wrong here. Just a genuine hope for some thoughtful answers.
Again, I do hope you read the story, and all the details about how absurdly cheap the Royals ran (under Glass) before 2006 and how they’ve really operated (under Glass) like something closer to a model small-money franchise in the five years since.
So…could you ever change your mind on David Glass?
Are bygones to be kept bygones, the benefit of the doubt extended that Glass learned from his mistakes, got as fed up with all the losing as you did, and changed his ways?
Or is this all a ruse? The money on the draft, the money in Latin America, the Baseball America rankings, is it all just another pump fake that gets your hope up only to let you down and spit in your face again?
Or do you still need more? Or you open to the idea of adjusting your view on Glass, but need more than a few nice drafts and Baseball America’s approval before you forgive him for letting Carlos Beltran walk over $1 million and canceling the Negro Leagues tribute and making his scouts swim upstream and all the other baseball sins he oversaw?
Again, there’s no right or wrong here.
Just a genuine hope for some thoughtful answers.
We’ll talk more about this in the coming days.