Advertisers flocked to him
He appeared on TV—on discussion shows:
WELL IF YOU ASK ME, I FEEL THAT TODAY'S YOUTH ARE BASICALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN THE YOUTH OF MY DAY.
On interview shows:
PERSONALLY ED, THE WAY I SEE IS THAT TODAY YOUTH ARE IN MY OPINON FOR WHAT TS WORTH, BASICALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN THE YOUTH OF MY DAY.
On dramatic shows:
BILLIE BOY, I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO RETURN THAT STOLEN FIRST BASEMAN'S MITT BECAUSE I FEEL THAT TODAY'S YOUTH ARE BASICALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN THE YOUTH OF MY DAY.
But no matter how many ads he posed for or how many TV shows he went on Dobie still went out to the ball park every afternoon and - Soon people came to expect it.
FOUR FOR FOUR!
FOUR FOR FOUR!
LET'S GO BOWLING.
Attendance started falling off, TV interviews were cancelled.
GET A GRIP ON YOURSELF DOBIE - PERFECTION IS ALRIGHT, BUT BASEBALL IS A PERSONALITY GAME. WHY DON'T YOU START DRINKING?
Dobie couldn't understand-
I KNOW WHAT IT IS YOU SEE - LIKE I'M NOT GETTING THOSE EXTRA BASE HITS YOU SEE. THEY'RE SURE TO LIKE ME AGAIN ONCE I GO FOR THOSE EXTRA BASE HITS YOU SEE - AND I HAVE A FEELING, MIND YOU, THAT THIS WEEK I'LL HIT MORE EXTRA BASE -
Dobie was becoming a bore.
"-THE WAY I SEE IT IS THAT TODAY'S YOUTH ARE BASICALLY NO DIFFERENT - "
Finally the owners came to see him:
DOBIE, IF THERE'S ONE THING WE APPRECIATE IT'S A GREAT COMPETITOR. AND YOU ARE CERTAINLY THAT. A GREAT COMPETITOR. BUT, DOBIE, NOT EVERYONE APPRECIATES A GREAT COMPETITOR THE WAY WE APPRECIATE A GREAT COMPETITOR. NOBODY IS COMING TO OUR BALL PARK, DOBIE. WE'RE CUTTING YOUR SALARY IN HALF.
Every one on the team took a pay cut.
WHY DON'T THEY LIKE ME? AREN'T I HITTING 1,000?