Buried towards the bottom of a Pete Gammons blog post on the Boston Red Sox signing pitcher Jon Lester to a big contract is what appears to be a throwaway paragraph about MLB facing a huge economic problem this season. Gammons states that MLB officials have told teams to expect at least a 20-percent reduction in attendance this season with an accompanying loss of $400 million in revenue.
But Gammons also states that there are a group of teams that MLB expects will be hit with more than a 20-percent reduction. And one of those teams expecting an even bigger than 20-percent attendance decline is our own Houston Astros.
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We all know that Drayton McLane talks a big game when it comes to the Astros being a championship team, but that he seldom does anything to back up this talk. So it's possible that the Astros attendance decline is not so much economy related but is more likely related to the team sucking really badly. But if there is one thing a good salesman knows, it is that a good sales pitch can make up for a lousy product. It's the old style over substance argument.
I'm here to help with that whole sales pitch thing for Drayton. That's right, the Houston Press is proudly holding another Astros Marketing Slogan Contest, just like we did last year. And just like last year, the winner will get some Houston Press swag -- I bet that's got all of you excited.
The ground rules are simple: I'm the judge. I want something that will fit on a billboard or a bumper sticker. I don't want to see any profanity. I don't want any racist, sexist, or homophobic comments. Other than that, nothing is off-limits -- after all, last year's winner was Astros Baseball: Something to do Before the Hurricane Comes Inland. The contest starts now, and the deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2009. Just post your suggestion in the comment section for this post. And you can post as many suggestions as you desire.
I will post the winning entry on Opening Day, Monday, April 6, 2009.