BP Says MLB Is "Bluffing"
You'll need a subscription (Nats Blog heartily endorses this event or product), but Neil deMause says that Baseball is "bluffing" by shutting down its operations in DC.
Among other things, Neil writes:
No matter. Cropp had transgressed the sacred "contract" signed by Mayor Williams and Supreme Leader Selig--called a "Baseball Agreement" on its cover page, because the mayor doesn't actually have the power to unilaterally sign contracts on behalf of his city--and if there's one thing the Selig administration knows how to do, it's play hardball in contract negotiations. Thus DuPuy's crabby response, which was meant to throw fear into the hearts of Washington baseball fans, who presumably are expected to bombard Cropp's office with angry phone calls demanding that she end their 33 years in the baseball wilderness, whatever the cost.
The angry phone calls materialized right on cue (reports are that
Cropp has received at least two death threats), but don't hold your breath waiting for the Expos to relocate again for the second time in three months. Oh, it's possible that DuPuy's bluster will escalate into pretending to play footsie with other cities. . . . But in the end, the other options are pretty crummy. The bridges are burned in Montreal, political support for stadium funding is nonexistent in Virginia, and places like Portland and Las Vegas have neither the population nor the stadium financing to pull off a last-minute play for the Expos. It's D.C. or bust, and Selig has to know that even a $400 million stadium bill is still better than nothing.
Neil, no offense, but you are a fool. Baseball never wanted to come to DC. There were too many problems - exactly one too many - to bring Baseball to DC. Despite the fact that DC has been the obvious choice to relocate the Expos for 3 years, Baseball hemmed and hawed and tried to find as many solutions as possible. That was until the people at the Washington Baseball Club told Tony Williams that the only way DC could get the Expos was to meet all of Baseball's demands. In other words, accept Baseball's offer. And much to his credit, Mayor Williams did that. Baseball, having been given everything it wanted, pretty much was backed into a corner, and struck the deal.
The bottom line is that Baseball doesn't need a reason to not come to DC. They need a reason TO come to DC. That reason got smashed into a million pieces on Tuesday night.