So… here’s something. Near the end of the four o’clock hour of Prime Time Sports on the Fan 590 this afternoon, a caller phoned up to make the case to Bob McCown that Rogers, having spent all kinds of money this off-season, needs to get real grass into the Rogers Centre, if for no other reason but to do whatever possible to keep their expensive, ageing core of players healthy.
It’s not an easy process, the host said, reiterating the same thing we’ve always heard.
However, he went on, “Here’s what I will tell you:”
“This is being discussed. I don’t know what level it’s at. I have been told– I have heard that it may have already been decided that two years from now they are going to put grass in the Rogers Centre. No one has confirmed that to me, but that’s what’s out there.
“That the Toronto Argonauts have been informed to look for an alternative place to play, because the plan is to put natural grass in there, and the Blue Jays have no intention to let the Argonauts muck up their grass. So, whether it’s 100% or 50%– I think it’s one of those two– it’s at least being seriously discussed, and the target is probably the 2015 season. But it could be 2014.”
Now, “discussed” certainly doesn’t mean “is going to happen,” and this seems like a hell of a piece of information for McCown to have just been sitting on until someone happened to call and ask about it, but he’s a guy you’d think is in with the high-ups in Rogers, the Jays and perhaps the Argos, so… maybe he’d really know as much about a thing like this as he lets on. And there’s no doubt in my mind that, for the sake of their baseball product, it would be in the interest of Rogers to get this done.
Frankly, it’s probably best for the Argos, too.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I think it’s happening, but it’s exactly the kind of thing that the Jays were saying last winter, too, and the kinds of things they were saying back then– what were once viewed as empty words– all of a sudden got a little weightier in the last month or so. Hmmm…
Crotch grab to @JayCarne for the tip.
Note: I was rushing out the door when originally posted this. Some typos have been un-typo’d.