Scott Boras Tactics on Capitol Hill?

When you have the right cards and you know you are going to win the hand, it’s natural to hold out and sweeten the pot the best you can, while you can.  The concept is as ancient as it is common: supply and demand; buy low, sell high… all those stock economic catchphrases.

We see this in sports all the time — in baseball in particular — most notably with the high profile clients of Scott Boras. 

Sure, we were all initially excited about the Matt Holliday show in St. Louis last July; but we also knew that despite its quaint, warm appeal, it would ultimately end like this:

Naturally, our nation’s elected leaders are not immune from similar Boras-like tactics. 

You want that health care reform bill to pass the senate?  Give my home state of Louisiana an extra $300 million in federal dough.  Credit Sen. Mary Landrieu with that walk-off homerun to end the game (but not the series).

scott boras thinking.jpgDo that 59 more times (they need 60 votes to move this thing) and we’re looking at an extra $17.7 trillion we need to set aside to get a multi-billion dollar plan in place. 

Or senators could just vote according to their constituents.

Now there’s a thought.

Somehow, considering how much money is involved in motivating people to do… well… anything, I still feel like I must be doing something wrong. 

I am skilled.  I am intelligent.  I have good ideas and I perform well.

But I only have about $345 of liquid assets to hold me over until payday and there’s a lot of beer that must be consumed before then.

I wonder if Boras would be interested in representing a linguist.

Hate me ‘cuz I am willing to sell out, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.





  1. redstatebluestate

    Julia — My soul, like everything, has a price… but not even Scott Boras can get me that much money.
    Jenn — I did the same sorta thing when I was a kid. I still do it. Look for us to be bringing some greatness back to RSBS TV soon!

  2. Jane Heller

    I’m sure Boras would represent a linguist. Send him your stats and he’ll do one of those thick binders on you and send it to the human resource people at the companies with the highest payrolls. You’ll be rich in no time.

  3. redstatebluestate

    Jane — I’m gonna work that angle but I’m thinking my chances aren’t as good as they’d be if my name were Matt Holliday.

  4. redstatebluestate

    Jonestein — Wow. Gotta tip my cap there, pal. “Ni Howdy” — now that’s what I call a cultural exchange! Good job!

  5. greg1969

    So Jeff, are you sure Beam Me Up Scotty was not hiding behind that girl’s door?
    So you’re saying that Holliday’s real motivation was really the $$$, not the idea that he and Pujols might actually be cornerstones for a team that could bring them some World Series bling, eh? Who knew? 😉
    Thanks for clearing that up! 😉

  6. redstatebluestate

    Greg — Yeah. Pretty much. That’s what I’m sayin’. Ha! I thought I was the King of Sarcasm. Bling bling!

  7. raysrenegade

    Talk about a guy who could of produced a fillabuster, Scott Boras would have a great speaker.
    Think about it, the guy does the research and get the fine results and stats that miss the eyes and ears of the general population.
    He might be the sports answer to all our worldly problems.
    Can we make him our delegate to the United Nations?

    Rays Renegade

  8. redstatebluestate

    I’m afraid that would cost Joe Taxpayer waaaaaay too much $$$, RR. But if you wanna privately finance him to the UN, I’m sure there’d be some kickbacks for ya.

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