Monday, February 14, 2005

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

It's a cold, gray, rainy morning--the worst way to start a week. Definitely the kind of day that you wish you could just turn the alarm off.

But, that makes it all the more special with what happens starting tomorrow, the first real sign that summer is on its way.

I'll be working on my spring training preview today and post it later today or tomorrow. In the meantime, here's some assorted junk that you probably won't find interesting.

--The Potomac Cannons, the Nationals new single-A team, has changed their name to.... *drumroll*, the Potomac Nationals. Gee. That's creative. On the bright side, they have signed an agreement with Prince William County to split the funding for the construction of a new stadium to open in 2007.

Lemme get this straight... the team's paying half the money AND it's going to be ready a year earlier? Maybe we should've moved the Cannons, not the Expos! :)

--The Times reviews the Larkin retirement and the Escobar signing. Of note, they specifically mention that he was brought here with a chance to start, as I mentioned yesterday.

They also address the player we gave up, Jerry Owens. One of the messageboards had a few people grumbling that we gave up a second round pick for Escobar. They're missing the big picture. Owens, is not second round talent. That pick is a sunk cost--it was wasted even if we kept Owens. That we were able to turn it into anything of value is a great sign for Bowden. Owens is not the kind of player who's going to get in more than 50 major league games in his career.

--The Florida Marlins picked up Nationals cast-off Chad Bentz. Now, they have a pitcher with a missing hand, one with club feet, and one with too many fingers and toes. If they brought back their former manager, John Boles, they'd have a bug-eyed man to complete the sideshow.

The players seem to be enjoying the idea and say they're relieved (no pun intended) to have someone with a similar fate.

--In shocking news, the same evil and powerful forces that tried to derail the stadium vote are pushing to have those hom-o-sex-uals put their houses of ill-repute next to schools. (Or at least that's how WTOP would frame it.)

Actually, they just want assurances that they can receive a zoning variance when the stadium construction boots their asses from the ghetto. Seems pretty logical--just a businessman protecting his business ventures. I'm sure someone'll make more out of it than that.

3 Comments:

  • One of the side benefits of the new stadium will be that it will raze the gay bathhouse/bar district.

    I'd like to see it look to relocate to a "kind, tolerant" NW locale, like Georgetown.

    Then we'll see the elites who were OK with that blight in the ghetto, mobilize to block it when it threatens to relocate to their neighborhood.

    By Blogger Brian, at 2/14/2005 10:52 AM  

  • It's worth noting a couple of things here:

    1. Being tolerant/accepting of homosexuals does not mean you want to live next door to a red light district, especially if you're raising children.

    2. The NIMBY effect is hardly exclusive to "elites."

    By Blogger Yuda, at 2/14/2005 11:27 AM  

  • No one should have to live next door to a red light district, poor or rich. Poor people have children too.

    Responsible city governments do all they can to banish these blights, not just hide them in areas where the people are too powerless to fight back.

    I don't feel sorry at all for the displaced "businesses". No one should have to live near establishments.

    By Blogger Brian, at 2/14/2005 2:48 PM  

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