Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Baseball returns to the capital 

It's been a long time since the District had a team in the Majors. Now, after 33 years, America's national past time returns to America's capital. At Canada's expense, to boot. Frankly, the Expos leaving Montreal has been long overdue. Their attendance has been consistently abysmal and the apathy towards baseball is overwhelming. Naturally, the franchise is going to have to ditch their name. Somehow, "Expos" doesn't quite resonate as Washington's team. I think the obvious choice for a new team name would be the city's original name, "Senators." Only, I motion that this group of Senators be known as "Senators III." Given that the first two incarnations bolted town and became the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers, respectively, I think it's only fair. And hey, with any luck, Senators III will split town, too. If for no other reason than to continually disappoint baseball fans in DC.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if Baltimore Orioles owner, Peter Angelos, would actually see to it personally that Senators III leave Washington. It was a pretty big deal for Major League Baseball to silence him as he was (and still is, I'm sure) concerned that the Expos franchise moving to DC would horn in on his Baltimore market.

The question now: Who will buy this non-Expos outfit? Technically, the team is owned by the other 29 teams in MLB. Presently, there's said to be a bid a couple bids mounting.

Man, seems in recent years that I never really talk baseball until right around this time of the season. It's the last couple days before the playoffs and I don't like the way my Oakland A's have looked in September. They had a fair lead in the AL West on the Anaheim Angels heading into the month and, now, after going sub-.500 ball in September, suddenly find themselves tied for first with only five days until the regular season is up. Forget about getting the wild card, too, because Boston already clinched that. So the A's had better take the division or else I'll be forced to deal with disappearing-reappearing-disappearing-reappearing Angels fans clamoring for the stupid rally monkey. Ugh. To hell with the Angels.

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