From the it couldn't happen to a nicer guy department...
Peter Gammons is reporting (via Big League Stew) that MLB officials are informing the various teams that the league is expecting an attendance drop-off of at least 20 percent this season, and more in areas that have been especially hard hit by the recession. That comes out to the league losing about $400 million in ticket revenue.
And among those teams Peter Gammons is reporting might be taking a greater than 20 percent drop is our own Houston Astros. Now I've been puzzled as to why people have been paying Drayton's overpriced product for years now. He's made no noticeable effort to improve his on field product since that last Roger Clemens contract, and the fact that the minor league product is so poor is proof the guy just doesn't care, not as long as the suckers are out there paying him.
But it looks like things might finally be changing.
Like I said, this couldn't happen to a nicer guy.