Despite Major League Baseball's decision to shut down business and marketing operations indefinitely, the Washington Nationals and their fans are assuming the club will be back in full operation within two weeks.It seems most likely to me that people are simply waiting until the deal is dead for sure before giving up their spot in line.
"I would bet money on it," a high-ranking club official said yesterday. "I wouldn't bet my life savings. But if I was forced to choose and bet some of my own money, I would bet that it's going to get resolved and we're going to be back up and running on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1 at the latest." Fans appear to have the same optimistic outlook. Given an opportunity by the club to request refunds, less than 1 percent of the 16,000 season-ticket holders have chosen to do so.
Nationals officials had to postpone a host of meetings set to take place over the next week or two, including key ones with potential broadcast and sponsorship partners. Most of those meetings were rescheduled for early January, further evidence that the club believes it will be operating again soon.When I hear something like this, I experience a jolt of optimism that goes away as soon as I think about it. Just because they rescheduled the meetings doesn't mean they think they're going to need them. I'm trying to resist the temptation to jump on every positive tidbit and declare victory.
In other news, Anthony Williams has stolen my gimmick and started calling everyone jackasses. Good for him.