Possible conclusions to draw from the Citizen's farcical "let's play ball" editorial, in which Ken Gray carries on like there's an opportunity to get the Blue Jays AAA franchise here:
- It's gotta be a parody of how those blogs link two new stories that are barely related to jump to ridiculous conclusions: "Hey! Syracuse is kicking the Jays out! Hey, Ottawa doesn't have Triple-A anymore! There's a story there!"
The Jays do not own a Triple-A team. Come the end of this season, they will go, caps in hands, to sign an agreement with another International League city. Logic, geography and Rogers Communications' bottom line would say that is Buffalo.
- Some of the unelected pencilpushers down at 10 Laurier Ave., who wield more power than most city councillors, must really, really want Miles Wolff's Can-Am League club to fail. Why shouldn't someone suspect that this part of some quid pro quo between City Hall and the Paper of Record?
- Or it could be that the Citizen is really that out of it that they can't grasp some basic facts about baseball that even an 11-year-old could understand.
- Did the paper here in the nation's capital forget about the effort to make the Coventry Rd. ballpark a home for Baseball Canada, which would be impossible with the 144-game schedule in Triple-A?
The Jays don't own a Triple-A team ... The Jays don't own a Triple-A team ... The Jays don't own a Triple-A team ... The Jays don't own a Triple-A team. Hopefully repeating it will get the point across to Mr. Gray. (Hey, if we have to play by the Citizen's rules, that includes honorifics.)
Look, off on whatever cloud-cuckoo-land Mr. Gray is calling home, maybe it looks like the Jays putting a team here, if they had a team to put here, could work. The rest of us, alas, live in the real world. That's where average Joes get up and go do work that doesn't include being paid to write editorials that don't make a lick of sense and wouldn't pass muster as a blog post.
We have a shot at something very special and very real with the Can-Am League. One would hope that this doesn't lead to people looking at our new team and saying, "Oh, this is why we don't have the Blue Jays farm club." The potential is out there.
Let's play ball (Ottawa Citizen; thanks for link goes to Jean-Pierre Allard and Pete Toms)
(UPDATE: Check out the comments.)