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The deal is really done
2006-12-20 09:50
by Bob Timmermann

The Boston Red Sox wired $51,111,111.11 to the Seibu Lions team to complete the Daisuke Matsuzaka deal.

The Lions management said they were going to do four things with it:

  1. Stengthen the current team.
  2. Promote the development of youth baseball
  3. Provide improved services for fans
  4. Buy more ivory backscratchers

2006-12-20 09:59:19
1.   mehmattski
I think Theo and Larry should have delivered it in briefcases full of unmarked $20s, like in the movies.
2006-12-20 10:01:36
2.   Schteeve
I can't believe they aren't going to buy a cigarette boat.
2006-12-20 10:06:10
3.   Bob Timmermann
$51,111,111.11 in $20 bills would weigh over 563 lbs.
2006-12-20 10:07:15
4.   Strike4
It's 6.04 billion yen.
2006-12-20 10:07:53
5.   dianagramr
Somehow I doubt PayPal was involved in this transaction.
2006-12-20 10:24:35
6.   Bob Timmermann
If they charged it on the right kind of credit card, they would get a lot of frequent flyer miles.
2006-12-20 10:38:22
7.   Greg Brock
Ivory backscratchers can only lead to one thing....Movie talk.

Don't do it Seibu

2006-12-20 10:46:10
8.   Bob Timmermann
The Seibu people did say they would try to renovate the Seibu Dome, which is like putting lipstick on a wildebeest.

They'll never draw more fans unless they play in a place where it's not an overland trek to get to.

2006-12-20 10:58:05
9.   Xeifrank
They should use the $51.1M to buy Juan Pierre from the Dodgers. If they need a few more $ we could have a bake sale at Bob's place of work. vr, Xei
2006-12-20 11:03:02
10.   BALCO Lab Rats
Is there a transaction fee for such a wire transfer?
2006-12-20 11:14:45
11.   Bob Timmermann
Pretty high I imagine. I think the Red Sox use a check cashing place in Roxbury for this sort of stuff. The teller sits behind bullet-proof glass.
2006-12-20 11:26:18
12.   Linkmeister
10 Not if they use the Automated Clearing House system. If it's a wire transfer, the incoming bank can (and usually does) charge whatever it wants. I've gotten hit with $15 fees for the privilege of having money go into my account with no action required by the bank. I finally wised up to using ACH, which has no fee (yet).
2006-12-20 12:25:09
13.   Deanna
Wasn't there some story floating around that they really only will see something like $30 million of it after taxes get taken out, or something ridiculous like that?

Even so, I agree that renovation to the Seibu Dome won't help as much to draw fans as just trying to do a better promotion campaign within Tokorozawa and the rest of Saitama prefecture. Get the locals, not the schleppers. Actually bothering to put more Lions stuff in the Seibu department stores couldn't hurt either. I was astounded after seeing the gigantic Hanshin Tigers shop in the Umeda Hanshin department store that the equivalent Lions shop in the Ikebukuro Seibu department store was literally like, one tiny rack of stuff in a corner of the sports section.

I wonder if they're thinking of doing anything with the "outfield slanted turf seating", though.

2006-12-20 13:08:44
14.   Bob Timmermann
You mean sitting on the carpet?
2006-12-20 13:52:40
15.   jakewoods
What a scam the posting system is. Its basically indentured servitude.
2006-12-20 16:32:09
16.   Bob Timmermann
Hey, that's Boras Talk!
2006-12-21 00:54:42
17.   Deanna
The carpet? I dunno, I thought sitting in the Seibu outfield "seating" was a fun experience and made me feel a lot closer to the rest of the other crazy Fighters fans, but at the same time, balancing myself or anything else on slanted ground like that for a whole game is a pain, and several times beers were spilled by people on the hill by accident. I'm not sure I'd want to do it again.

I wonder whether more people fit in there with or without seats, actually.

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