Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Uniforms, What Coulda Been

Washington Baseball Blog posts a link to the uniforms. I can't access it to see what they look like. Damn cybernanny.

Supposedly, the uniform unveiling originally scheduled for today has been postponed.

Anyone else depressed now?

4 Comments:

  • No, no, don't be depressed.

    First of all, as much as I'd love to see a team in DC, this isn't the way to do it. Not at the cost of hundreds of millions in taxes, and not at the cost of genuflecting to the ripoff dealmaking of MLB. The owners should build their own stadium -- just like The SF Giants, Jack Kent Cooke, and Abe Pollin did (and DC United is planning to do). MLB is trying to promote the interests of the owners by ripping off taxpayers, and Anthony Williams acquiesced.

    Worse than that, he didn't have to. DC had plenty of leverage in bargaining for this team. (Las Vegas? Area population is 1.6MM, ranking 35th in the US? Don't make me laugh.)

    And now, DC has even more bargaining power. It's virtually a done deal. (DC can demand that MLB guarantee a Washington franchise for the next 10 years, or deny permission to play in RFK in 2005. Where will they play in 2005 if not RFK?)

    The money will come to the lords of baseball anyway, -- they simply will lose the philosophical battle over public subsidies.

    This is not bad, but good. Hell, I think I'm gonna sign up to work on Linda Cropp's next campaign. :>

    -- Gadi

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/15/2004 11:52 AM  

  • I hope you're right, Gadi, but you're far, far more optimistic than I.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 12/15/2004 2:57 PM  

  • And now, DC has even more bargaining power. It's virtually a done deal. (DC can demand that MLB guarantee a Washington franchise for the next 10 years, or deny permission to play in RFK in 2005. Where will they play in 2005 if not RFK?)
    Righhhht. Major League Baseball doesn't fuck around:

    Major League Baseball President and Chief Operating Office Bob DuPuy issued the following statement today regarding the legislation passed by the D.C. Council last night:
    "The legislation approved by the District of Columbia City Council last night does not reflect the agreement we signed and relied upon after being invited by District leaders to consider Washington as a home for Major League Baseball. The legislation is inconsistent with our carefully negotiated agreement and is wholly unacceptable to Major League Baseball.

    "Because our stadium agreement provides for a December 31, 2004 deadline, we will not entertain offers for permanent relocation of the club until that deadline passes. In the meantime, the club's baseball operations will proceed, but its business and promotional activities will cease until further notice. We thank the fans of Washington, D.C. for their support and enthusiasm, but given the present uncertainty, any ticket purchaser who entrusted us with a deposit may request a refund through the club's ticket office."

    This team will not play in DC more than one year unless the Council recants completely, endorses Williams' deal, and grovels before Selig BY 12/31. Thanks, Linda.

    lindacroppsux.blogspot.com

    By Blogger lindasux, at 12/15/2004 6:41 PM  

  • Lindasux, you've got to know how to play the game. Don't be easily cowed by DuPuy's tough talk. Just answer the question: Where are the ex-Expos gonna play in FOUR MONTHS, if DC denies them RFK?

    MLB made a major goof by pulling out of Montreal and committing to Washington before the deal was complete. Now their back is against the wall, and maybe Cropp is smart enough to take advantage of them.

    -- Gadi

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/16/2004 11:13 AM  

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