Who knows, maybe it's a sign one-time Ottawa Lynx teammates Jamey Carroll and catcher Michael Barrett were involved in the winning play in last night's National League wild-card tiebreaker. Some higher power obviously wants us to get the message that this city should give the baseball business another try.
Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff is in Ottawa today, talking to city councillors and officials about the independent league team taking over the Lynx lease and establishing itself at the stadium. The first time he was here it was a day trip from Quebec City, where he operates the Can-Am loop's Capitales. This time, he's actually come from his home base in North Carolina, so that should tell you how hungry Wolff is to be part of the Ottawa sports scene.
Just a thought: If the commissioner is this eager, and has as much pull as Wolff does in the league, it means other Can-Am operators will fall in line and be committed to making Ottawa work. The lack of faith from other owners was the smoking gun with both Ottawa CFL teams, which is something that's been left out the current discussion about reviving football. That's why baseball is more doable than another CFL team here.
There are a lot of ifs to contemplate, especially from a legal standpoint, but hopefully Wolff's sincerity will win over the right people. The man thought he had a deal back in April, didn't get it and he's still come back. He's been a straight shooter from Day 1, near as any semi-detached observer can tell. Wolff is willing to take a bit of the back-of-the-hand treatment from the city (frankly, not sure who's driving that at this point, but it probably isn't council) to make things right.
Meantime, and this is written with the full knowledge that most newsrooms in Ottawa are strapped for staff, can more media outlets pick up on this? Yes, the Senators' season starts tomorrow and there's a provincial election campaign on. Please take a little time and realize that for reasons beyond the ken of any rational being, the city seems to be begging to play lawyerball on the taxpayer's dime(s) instead of baseball here in 2008. Don't do the typical Ottawa thing and bemoan the loss of baseball on some random slow news day in the middle of next July; it will be too late by then and the diehard ball fans here will not be appreciative.
Anyways, in case it went too late last night, Carroll, whose No. 3 was retired by the Lynx, capped the Colorado Rockies' winning rally in the 13th inning with a sacrifice fly off the Padres' Trevor Hoffman, the most prolific closer in the history of baseball. The Rockies' Matt Holliday scored the winning run by sliding under an attempted tag from Barrett, who caught for the Lynx in 2000 before moving up to the majors.
That probably doesn't mean anything to the current situation Ottawa baseball lovers are facing with regard to hoping for another team here, but we have to have hope.
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