Friday, April 15, 2005

Take Me out to the Ballgame...

I'm of two minds regarding the debut of the Washington Nationals at RFK. It was thrilling to see baseball, that unofficial harbinger of spring, being played professionally in Washington after an absence of decades, and people of all ages actually getting exciting about something other than, say, a tax refund. (Not that I wasn't excited when I received mine!)

On the other hand, I hope that the goodwill of the fans and of the city is not trampled upon by the team owners, as it almost was in the process of getting the team to town by their rigidity. (With all that tough talk the owners threw at the city--the take-it-or-leave-it attitude [or, more accurately, the take-it-or-we'll-leave state of mind]--shouldn't a television deal have been negotiated by now? Or do the team owners demonstrate a tough stance only with politicians, who were supposed to ensure that the deal didn't take city residents to the proverbial cleaners?)

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