Mike Tasos: Bad baseball and good cars


I couldn’t relax. I was too busy bubbling over, believing that Rob Manfred would handily win the Putz of the Year award. I wonder if all those battery companies that were considering banking before the event was taken off Atlanta’s to-do list had a Babe-Ruthian case of red rump?

The game had nothing to do with Colorado. It was our game, and Manfred, that little jerk, stole it. The game is estimated to have cost Atlanta $ 70 million. And that’s not counting all the bad feelings and ill will that caused us Georgia residents to spit out bad hot dogs when Hank Aaron was being celebrated at Coors Field.

Hank belongs to us, not somewhere more famous for pot shops than bitches.

In a way, we had the last laugh. I stopped counting at 10 the advertisements lambasting those responsible for the game withdrawal. It was an indictment against politicians and policy makers. I applauded every announcement.

It gave me great pleasure to see those who oppose an unclear electoral law in Georgia get a bean scoop in the noggin. The game’s theft in Colorado injured workers who could have used the dollar boost.

The people at Truist Park are some of the friendliest people in baseball. They deserved better. Just like the Braves fans who wanted to use the games and activities to have a unique experience with their sons.

Like me.

Go ahead and play the game next July in Los Angeles. Most of us here will not be involved.

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A pleasant car buying experience. Somewhere in there is a gargantuan oxymoron.

No bargain price for me means “don’t bother getting in”. In reality, does someone buy a car and pay the asking price? No negotiation is no sale for me.

One of the funniest comedies (another oxymoron) was “Used Cars“. During a particularly heated negotiation, a customer criticized the seller, believing that $ 100 had never killed anyone.

At the right time, the manager arrives, contract in hand and red as a tomato, in the middle of a myocardial infarction.

I recently bought a new Hyundai Tucson from the local dealership. I read reviews online that spoke enthusiastically about Elijah Salemi. Critics have not done this young man justice.

It was way better than his advance billing.

Photo courtesy of Mike Tasos

It was a flawless process, if you don’t consider the car unavailable (shortage of computer chips) and no earthly idea when one would become available. From our first meeting, 23-year-old Eli was wise beyond his age by explaining all the features and benefits of my chosen tank.

Let’s go back. I have never been a Hyundai fan. Years ago, the brand was synonymous with questionable quality. It was several moons ago. My Tucson has a 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty, 3 year free maintenance and a plethora of assurances that Hyundai backs what they sell.

Elijah has an endearing personality and is the only “Elijah” that I know of except the Old Testament prophet. He focused on providing exceptional customer service, resulting in sales and profits for his bosses.

After patiently explaining the features and benefits, Eli is always available for a call. The ads featuring the Avengers got me interested in the car. The pre-chord conversations with Eli made me want the car.

He also gave me faith in our youth. Many of those of Eli’s generation (X, Y, Z?) Are in dire need of a good press. It’s refreshing to see a young, hardworking and engaged person who has learned how to take care of customers.

Like me.

Mike Tasos’ column appears every other weekend. I like to do business with those who are much younger than me. They make me feel wise. Or maybe they pity a cranky old man. It’s on Facebook and can be emailed to [email protected]

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