The sports-illiterate politicians never hesitate to deal the baseball fans who do come out in Ottawa a slap in the face:
"(City councillor) Jacques Legendre, the ward councillor for the area, said yesterday city council will consider a proposal this week to permanently cover the (Lynx) stadium and put in two full-sized soccer fields that can be converted into six mini-fields. Other sports, like tennis, could also be played at the facility.Question from the guy who hasn't been here long enough to understand the logic: Why do you need a 12,000-seat concert venue when there's already Scotiabank Place and the Civic Centre (unless something's planned for the latter) and when did there become such an overwhelming demand for public tennis courts? I pass one each day on the way to work and no one's ever using it.
"The renovation, which would increase the seating capacity to 12,000 from 10,000, would take two years to complete and could cost up to $40 million."
-- Ottawa Citizen
It's not easy to argue on general principle against encouraging participation. The demand for soccer pitches far exceeds the supply (and number of hours in a day) to the point where people in indoor leagues are playing at midnight, as a colleague related the other day. Regardless, consider the long track record of bad civic planning in this city (Sparks St. Mall, anyone?). This kind of reeks of pulling their finger out of one leak -- oh, what are we gonna do with that ballpark? -- to plug another.
At least they're thinking a little about sports, but see how they play one one sports community off against another? It would be nice to know, after the rumours of the past couple months, if the city heard from the independent Can-Am League about putting another ball team here and listened with an open mind, or if it was blinded by soccer fever.
It's bloody scandalous how this city has undermined the Lynx (i.e., the reduction in parking around the ballpark) and has no idea about that forgotten demographic of freethinkers who go in for baseball when all the trends say they should be watching something else. Now they've come up with a way to erase most traces of the Lynx' existence. Maybe it's for the best, but right now it doesn't seem that way.
Thanks to the reader who sent that along.
Put a lid on stadium after Lynx leave town, city urged (Dave Rogers, Ottawa Citizen)
Right, the game: Remember how in high school, between Grades 9 and 10, you'd come back from summer vacation and girls you never paid much mind to looked completely different? That's kind of how it is with second baseman Joe Thurston, who to completely torture the analogy, is pulling out all the stops to get the attention of minor-league personnel directors. Thurston went on the road a .280 hitter with a .388 slugging percentage; he's jacked those figures up to .293/.415 after an 18-for-36 road trip (he also had six extra-base hits). Those aren't bad numbers for a good-fielding second baseman.
Of course, the telling stat is that Thurston was on base 18 times and scored only four runs. That's why the Lynx are in last place. Tonight, they couldn't cash in vs. the ScranYanks' Jose Veras with the bases juiced and none out in a 4-4 game in the eighth, and the home side gave the folks at Dunder-Mifflin a thrill by pushing across the deciding run in their half vs. Joe Bisenius, who'd been good of late.
Gary Burnham's up to 82 RBI, meaning he needs four over this final six-game homestand for the club record.