Here's a little game to contemplate here as we start the offseason.
Pick 4 changes that you'd want the Spirit to make over the offseason- ANY kind of changes: on-field, off-field, management, advertising-- ANYTHING related to the Spirit that you want to change.
1. Surprise! I want to fire every coach except Jeff Ware. Kennedy has his ups and downs but his system just hasn't gotten us to the promised land. But even more important than that, Donahue has to go. He is a complete liability at the 3rd base coaching position. My dad listens to the games on the radio at home, and just based on the RADIO he can tell Donahue's a bad 3rd base coach.
2. Of course, I'm a realist- I know #1 won't happen. So presuming Kennedy et al. stay, I say reform the team to fit the style of the manager. In '03 our team was based on contact, speed, and wreaking havoc on the basepaths-- and Kennedy looked like a genius. In '06 we had sluggers in spots 2-7 in the lineup, yet Kennedy would constantly bunt, steal, etc. I mean, I saw a time this year when he did hit and run with Andrew Wishy and Alex Trezza!! I'm all for hit-and-run but that's NUTS! So I say remake the team with an emphasis on speed and contact. Keep Weed and Sabino; get back Marcos; get that leadoff guy from New Haven. Make the offense dangerous that way. It's not like our offense was SO good this year that we HAVE to keep everyone.
3. Sack 1510 the Zone in favor of either web-based radio or radio that will broadcast at least our PLAYOFF games live.
4. On NEFAN.net, someone once said, "If Nick really is losing $1m/ year, wouldn't it make sense at that point to just spend an extra $100k/yr on a group of people whose role it is to drum up publicity and sell group tickets?" To which I say: Amen. And I don't mean 'drum up publicity' figuatively; we should have people stand in Wyoma Square or whatever other Squares there are in Lynn, with a frickin' drum if necessary, with big signs advertising the fact that there's a game that night. They should have info tables around the city on game days with Spirit pocket schedules, directions to the field, parking info, etc. They can have contests there to win free tickets. They can do this in other cities further up the North Shore, too. They should create a "Spirit van" that drives around the city on gamedays, and if they see kids in the street playing stickball, baseball or wiffleball, they stop and give them free tickets.
I agree that the Spirit need to be more creative, but being "creative" doesn't have to mean resorting to disgraceful on-field gimmicks. Don't you agree?
Let's hear what ya got.