Negotiations: You don't ask, you don't get

I have a few demands.

I don't want to be difficult, but these demands are non-negotiable (otherwise they'd just be requests, wouldn't they)?

First, I want a subsidy. Any kind of subsidy will do. Tax increment financing. A Transportation Improvement District. A Special Business District. Crop subsidies. Tax abatement. Tax credits. A quality jobs incentive. I do a quality job, so why not me?

See, the numbers just don't pencil out without a subsidy. In fact, I demand a better pencil.

I demand a coordinator. And a position coach. I want a quality control guy for my coordinator and one for my position coach, too. I want to see dozens of guys on the sideline, wearing silly matching jackets, for no purpose other than satisfying my demands. I want you to hire my brother so I have someone to talk to.


I want local control. Not so much local control that the aldermen are sticking their nose into my business, but some good, solid control that's local, or at least local-ish.

I want my pension secured. Twenty and out, that's me.

I demand to talk to your supervisor.

I don't want to pay earnings taxes any more. Or income taxes either. They sap my incentive.

I don't want to be forced to buy health insurance. If I get sick and have to go to the hospital, I want you to pick up the tab. Also, I'll want a private room. With cute nurses.

I want the bullpen coach fired.

I may want a heart transplant. I haven't decided yet. But if I decide I want a new heart, I expect someone to donate one PDQ.

I want to be the highest-paid player in the game. I'd like to finish my career here, but hey, you never know. It's a game, but it's a business, too. You know?


I demand some recognition from the national media.

I want to whack some haddock upside the head.

I want my own reality show.

I want people to read my tweets and buy my books.

I want the media out of my face.

I want to call my own plays.

I want parity. If not parity, disparity in my favor.

I demand a personal assistant, or at least a guy. This guy will handle things for me that I don't want to handle. That way, I can say, "Call my guy. He'll handle it."


I want people to talk more civilly, especially those clowns I can't stand.

I want a publicist. I want my publicist to announce that I've contracted malaria on an errand of mercy, though I have no intention of going on any errands of mercy. What did the Sudanese ever do for me?

I want the media to refer to my "fan base," not merely my fans. In fact, I want a fan base club.

I demand a classical music radio station, a regular one that I don't have to buy a new radio to listen to.

I demand my own sideline reporter, someone I can tell, "We've got to keep the other guys off the scoreboard," and she'll report it like it's news.

Like my nurses, my sideline reporter must be a female and cute. She doesn't have to be Erin Andrews, but under no circumstances can she be Tony Siragusa.

I demand it in writing.

I demand that you cut the deficit. But keep your hands off my Social Security, my Medicare, my crop subsidies and my ethanol tax credits.


I demand amnesty for tax cheats, because doggonit, those tax forms are confusing and hard to fill out, except for the 98 percent of people who manage to do it correctly.

I want healthier food at Walmart that I can walk by on my way to the Cheetos.

I demand an exemption from the smoking ban. Surely the law doesn't apply to Hot Shots or to hot shots at the MAC.

I demand that you stop making fun of my knee injury. If I said it was hurt, it was hurt.

I want a week of hype.

I demand higher tuition so people will think I'm going to a better school.

I demand some intangibles.

I want a Missouri film tax credit for my movie about Missouri meth addicts.


I demand to play a skill position.

I demand an $18 million "sweetener" to run a cardboard company that docks its workers' pay if they don't show up after a blizzard.

I demand to be taken seriously.

I demand anonymity.

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