Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Mayor says deal is on last breath

I came here to shatter dreams and chew bubble gum....and I'm all out of bubble gum. Mayor Williams said and implied today that there is virtually no chance of Washington getting a major league team--and chided that he was one of the "optimistic" ones. Well, thinking that the Mayor would be as optimistic as he could be, it was a real sobering realization that this truly does seem to be over.

Like all other things, a lot of what goes on is political manuevering, so I also can't say I would be surprised if next week something happened to make everyone say "we're back on track!" but when the Mayor pushing for this deal announces its death, it seems pretty darn dead to me.


At 6:03 PM, Blogger DM said...

From what I read, the only chance is that Cropp essentially recants and removes her "poison pill" amendment at the next City Council meeting and passes an acceptable plan. Now, if Cropp was rational and had any concern about her credibility, she would not do such a thing. But of course she has demonstrated that she is neither rational nor concerned about her credibility, so it might just happen. It all depends on whether she fully understands that she will kill baseball in DC with her amendment, and whether she actually cares about having that legacy.

At 6:11 PM, Blogger lindasux said...

At 6:29 PM, Blogger lindasux said...

All Nats' promotional and business operations will cease imediately, per DuPuy. Good job, Linda. Nice bluff. They'll be awarded to Vegas by April.

"The legislation approved by the District of Columbia City Council last night does not reflect the agreement we signed and relied upon after being invited by District leaders to consider Washington as a home for Major League Baseball. The legislation is inconsistent with our carefully negotiated agreement and is wholly unacceptable to Major League Baseball.

"Because our stadium agreement provides for a December 31, 2004 deadline, we will not entertain offers for permanent relocation of the club until that deadline passes. In the meantime, the club's baseball operations will proceed, but its business and promotional activities will cease until further notice. We thank the fans of Washington, D.C. for their support and enthusiasm, but given the present uncertainty, any ticket purchaser who entrusted us with a deposit may request a refund through the club's ticket office."


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