Well here’s a giant load to get your weekend started right:
This week, Argos CEO Chris Rudge confirmed on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor that the “Double Blue” basically had a new five-year lease agreement in place with Rogers Centre. That effectively means there will be no installation of natural grass over the duration of that agreement.
The quote comes from an otherwise stunningly absurd Scott Ferguson column at TSN.ca, in which– in addition to hitting the lede over the head with a pipe and burying it– he argues that the Jays should be done with Jose Bautista because of a tiny sample of the club’s former outfielders whose careers stalled around Bautista’s age, or… something.
Not important, though! What’s important is the fact that the– I’m sorry– useless fucking Argos are going to be around for upwards of five years, preventing the Rogers Centre from being all that it can be as a baseball facility.
I do say “upwards” intentionally, though. Here is what Rudge had to say when asked about the new lease in his conversation with Naylor and Dave Hodge (audio here):
“I can’t go into details right now. We have reached an agreement with the Rogers people– it’s been a very, very amicable negotiation, like where we’ve arrived with them in terms of the lease we’re about to sign. All the details are done. There are a couple of little things we have to wait out on, in terms of insurance definitions– you know, the sort of boilerplate, technical stuff. But it’s a good lease, and it gives us the assurance of a home for approximately five years, and as we go through that process, we’ll be looking for another place to create a home for the Argonauts. Mr. Braley is in the process of doing that right now– I talk to him regularly on that process, and we’re looking at any number of options that might be an answer to the challenge that we face.”
So, at least the club knows that it’s in everybody’s best interest that they get the hell out of Rogers Centre, and at least the lease is structured in such a way that, seemingly, they won’t need to stay there for the full five years.
“If one were to start very quickly, it’s not inconceivable that you might get something done within three years,” he says, before boo hooing that the– I’m sorry– useless club couldn’t get its dirty claws all over the pitch at BMO. What a shame it would be to tear up a very cute soccer-specific stadium for– I’m sorry– an effing CFL team. Like… have we honestly not learned our lesson about multi-sport facilities?
Anywho, three years seems like the very best we’re going to see, and that– if we’ve learned anything from this whole giant conveyor belt of grass-fed bullshit– is probably on the wildly optimistic side.
But hey! At least, according to Rudge, there won’t be grass in the stadium as long as the– I’m sorry– useless fucking Argos are there!
“I could not speak to that, you would have to ask Mr. Beeston those questions, and I won’t go into the details of the lease,” he said when asked about the grass issue. “As far as the natural grass goes, I guess we could play on grass if we had to, but the fact is, you couldn’t convert that stadium to a football field if you had natural grass down there. It simply– as you know, the seats move, so it would roll over a portion of the–”
“So it can’t be done,” Naylor says. “There can’t be grass and the Argos there.”
“I don’t believe that that could be done, no.”
Maybe if you truck the grass in and out?
I don’t know, but… uh… at least they’re committed to leaving?