Monday, January 23, 2006

Fouled-Off Bunts: Trim The Fat Edition

Whether the new stadium is a Ford or a Buick, it's pretty clear that we can't afford the tru-coat or the extended warranty. Goodbye glass and steel! Hello plywood and stucco.
"The question is, what are people willing to give up to get seven votes?" said council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), a stadium supporter who has favored a retro-style ballpark. "Many of my colleagues are focused on the price, a cap, and not what the stadium looks like. That's what my druthers are, too. I want a very basic stadium. We can't build a stadium that costs a fortune out of glass and steel and looks like the Taj Mahal."

(BallWonk points out that Mr. Evans probably hasn't seen a picture of the stone Taj Mahal -- unless he's talking about the steel and glass one they just put up in Toledo)

The WaPo's article notes that they're considering hiring a construction company to control building costs. DC would turn over responsibility of the project over to one of these companies, and they would deliver a stadium under their terms, for a set price. Since they're in charge, they'd have to pay for any overruns.

  • What's better than listening to James Carville ramble on about sports? How about listening to him ramble about sports with Tim Russert's son? Almost makes me want to listen to Dibble...

    It's an amazing coincidence that the Nats ticket office managed to completely and most-assuredly randomly put the Russerts and the Carvilles together in the front row like that. Serendipity is amazing, and the listening public is all the better for it!

  • Not much new on the Sosa watch. Ladson's article from last week is notable only because we get to hear from Sosa's whiny agent. "Waaah! Sammy wants guaranteed money! Waaay! Other player once got guaranteed money! Waaah!"

    If Sosa's so in demand, let him take the guaranteed money from the hundreds of other clubs lining up to sign him. Federal Baseball takes a look at Sosa's agent's contention about Jim Bowden's past use of guaranteed money, and finds that there's probably not much there there.

  • Livan speaks! Sort of...

  • You know baseball is in trouble when their own website leads off with how great the NFL is:
    It's feeling a lot like Major League Baseball around the NFL right now, and not just because Joe Buck was using his football voice on Sunday.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. It sounds a lot like recent World Series matchups, doesn't it?

    Ummm... No. Not at all. Do you see it? I certainly don't.


    • Thank gosh someone else was lost by that mlb/superbowl reference. I just keep saying "The Pirates?" over and over again in mind and it still kept not making sense.

      By Blogger Sam, at 1/23/2006 12:06 PM  

    • You said it. That article head me scratching my head.

      By Blogger Basil, at 1/23/2006 12:24 PM  

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