"My cautious optimism has been gradually replaced with a calm sense of fatalism; if this is the end, we'll carry on. A couple of hours at the Sensplex yesterday reminded me that we’ll always have baseball in Ottawa -- perhaps not at a professional level, but the game will never be further away than the local baseball diamond.
"This may come as cold comfort to those who had hoped to see the Rapids return in 2009, and certainly no one wanted that more than I. But, while the fat lady hasn't sung yet, it just seems less likely today.
"I hope I'm wrong."
Nothing is over until Miles Wolff, says so and decides to field a travel team as the eighth entry in the 2009 Can-Am League. However, follow the money that people seem to less of since about three weeks ago. The credit crunch makes it hard for someone who is interest-rich and cash-poor to take a chance. It also works against any rich investors with a passing interest in the baseball side ponying up the capital. The connection is fairly obvious. It's just not obvious enough for either Ottawa daily to devote space to it amid the hue and cry over a suddenly 28th-place NHL team.
No doubt to some people, this has been a dead issue four weeks ago. It is not, since Wolff and some fans in town were still pushing, but a global economic meltdown (sick of that phrase yet?), is a tough foe. The other six owners probably won't mind an extra half-dozen home dates in 2009,
Please, spare some thought for Ottawa's 2,000 baseball fans today. It shapes up as a cruel summer in 2009. Does anyone know if the Quebec Capitales or Vancouver Canadians will need a scorekeeper next summer? He will work for beer.