Someone else can dwell on the feeling that a guy from North Carolina, Miles Wolff, cares more about having baseball and green spaces in this country's major cities than some of the decision-makers appear to, but that's for another time.
The long and short of this city's post-Lynx baseball future is that the Can-Am League is eager to get into this market. Carl Kiiffner at Ottawa Lynx Blog got the commish on the phone the other day (please, go read it) what Wolff told him about his dealings with City Hall raise questions about where Mayor Larry O'Brien and city council's heads are these days.
Carl's take, after talking to Wolff:
"Here's the killer: The Can-Am League deal has no strings attached. It wasn't contingent upon finding a local owner, arranging funding or any other proviso. As has been widely reported, they (the league) would undertake a five-year lease agreement with the City, picking up the remainder of the Lynx lease at the same cost -- even though they were only playing 50 games."
Also, something that bears underlining in the Nashua's paper about the Can-Am League taking over the Lynx lease:
As part of the deal, the Lynx would drop litigation against the city over parking issues.
So much for the Lynx not showing their hand! Anyway, it is such a no-brainer.
Anyway, if the Can-Am League is shut out by the city, don't say that Ottawa and its fans are have become anathema to an "American game." Miles Wolff, who already owns a team in Canada, and who helped bring indie ball to Winnipeg with the Northern League Goldeyes, believes in baseball in this city.
Don't beat ourselves up and start listing off the teams that have failed. It looks every bit like the mayor and City Hall alone are the ones saying no to a something that's very cost-effective and which would stand a good chance of succeeding. Why, no one knows. Sorry, but an elected official's worth is based on what he or she will do for people who don't make a up a big voting bloc and when an election is not coming up soon. They should be standing up for baseball fans now.
It's odd how in the States, where capitalism is next to godliness, the Americans get it with green space and the simple idea of going to a minor-league ballgame. The short-season indie leagues and summer college leagues are booming. Meantime, in Ottawa, we get let's just tear everything down approach.
USING THE INDOOR VOICE NOW...
The Can-Am League has one franchise, maybe two that might be moving. The Nashua, N.H., team isn't drawing well. Then there The Grays, the league's "road team." I'll admit I overthought the Grays' reason for being, assuming it was one of those indie-ball gimmicks, but a 2005 Boston Globe feature on The Grays captures the reality of what those players go through. No league would want to put a team through that and the team could be moved firstname.lastname@example.org.