This is the question my fellow Torero and friend Greg Bettinelli asks (and answers) today as we start the 2007 baseball season. I would agree with Greg that Barry Bonds is well worth his salary. Other things that should be noted in Greg’s equation is the ticket sales for the other 81 road games (where I would attribute 3-5% of tickets sales attributed to Bonds and his pace to break Hank Aaron’s HR record later this year) and the correlating effect that the press and media has on souvenir sales.
By the way, with tax season upon us did you know that baseball players must pay income taxes in every state where they play a game. That’s 15 540s for Barry Bonds (assuming he plays in each of those states).
*It should be noted that I am a born and raised San Francisco Giants fan, although not necessarily a Barry Bonds fan.