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05-08-2003, 03:57 PM
An article (http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82%257E1748%257E,00.html) in the Oakland Tribune about the popularity difference between the Giants and A's contains this interesting quote from Giants VP Larry Baer:

The Giants subscribe to a product vs. image indicator of fan popularity.

"When you've got product without image," Baer said, "you have the A's of the 1970s, and maybe even now because people do question the owner's commitment. When you have image without product, you have the Chicago Cubs of the 1980s. We strive to have both product and image.

"You can turn it around. Take Seattle. They had no image or product. Now they're truly successful. Their TV ratings are enormous.

"Usually that happens with an ownership change."


Sox product: so-so
Sox image: bad

"Are you insinuating something?"