When Paul Beeston deflected a question from a fan at the Jays’ State of the Franchise event by suggesting there was a possibility that real grass could be brought into the Rogers Centre, if they could convert the building to a baseball-only facility, “it sounded like an easy answer to an annual question,” writes Dave Perkins in the Guelph Mercury, “but they are serious about it and possibly as early as 2013.”
The issue, of course, is what would happen with the Toronto Argos, should such a conversion take place, but as the club’s lease at Rogers Centre is up after the 2012 Grey Cup, I’m kinda inclined to say… fuck ‘em. And BMO absolutely ought to stay a soccer-only facility (and probably can’t be converted anyway), so fuck ‘em on that front too.
Shoulda split a stadium with the Ti-Cats in Burlington while the getting was good, Argos!
No, but seriously…
Actually, I’m totally serious.
“They want to make the experience better for their fans, the same way we do. They think grass would be part of that. So if grass becomes a reality, we will deal with it,” said Chris Rudge, new CEO of the Argonauts, following a breakfast with Paul Beeston in which the subject was broached– a turn of events that probably didn’t faze him, given that he said he wasn’t surprised by Beeston’s grass talk at the State of the Franchise.
“I know how much the ballplayers hate it. They have real issues with it. So there could be a lot of challenges where we will play,” Rudge added.
Perkins adds that the Jays began looking into the issue in earnest when last winter they were rejected outright by free agent Carl Crawford, who told the club he wouldn’t play on turf– a tidbit Paul Beeston revealed at the State of the Franchise, and that I was sure I didn’t make up. “There’s the question of lost revenues from truck shows and concerts and such, but if it’s worthwhile in terms of over-all business, the Argos will need to do theirs elsewhere.”
If this progresses, it’s a hell of a signal that Rogers is taking the Jays a lot more serious than they’re typically given credit for. Of course, anyone paying attention already knows this: the MLSE deal shows that the company is clearly willing to invest boatloads of capital when it sees a long-term payoff, but try telling that to the clowns who see the failure to convince Prince Fielder to take their money, or perhaps the extremely legitimate disinterest in signing him to a contract so ginormous, as some kind of trump card of evidence that Rogers are nothing but greed-headed cheap motherfuckers with no interest in anything but mediocrity. After all, if they haven’t spent on a big free agent yet, they’re obviously never going to and were never interested in it in the first place– right, jackass?