Saturday, December 03, 2005

Can you say "tentative stadium deal"?

Both sides of the stadium debate have finally realized they need to bend a little bit, and some actual compromise is going on, which has lead to some agreements on key terms in the stadium lease deal. There's still some progress that needs to be made, but there is a hope that the lease could go before the council by the end of the week.

And for the first time, that doesn't just seem like blather.

I mean, how many times have we heard a major step will happen within the next week? Probably since we first got the team. A little natural pessimism is thus understandable, but this does feel like what could be the catalyst for a series of announcements. Once there's a lease, there will be an owner. Once there's an owner, there will be a more solid idea of who the front office will be (Theo?).

Our 2006 season might still be a loss, we're still behind the times this off season, but the one thing that we're getting is draft picks, as we currently have three picks in the first round of the next amateur draft. Considering one of the biggest issues we've got right now is out farm clubs, it might be time to start building up again.

So. I'm not sure exactly what will come of this, but I can't help but be at least a little happy this morning to wake up to the news.

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