The Loneliest Owner
I’ll admit, I often imagine baseball owners as if they were railroad tycoons and oil barons in 1920s political cartoons. Turns out, while that may very well be true, even they have a common enemy: Jeffrey Loria.
At the owners meetings that took place yesterday, one source claimed that Loria:
“…sat alone in the lunch room, not conversing with his fellow owners. Teams from the American League East were unhappy that the Blue Jays improved dramatically, clubs from the National League Central and West were displeased that the four other NL East members would be able to feast on the carcass posing as the Marlins and there was a general sense of embarrassment over the Marlins cutting bait just one year after opening a new ballpark built overwhelmingly with public monies.”
Of course, as Craig Calcaterra points out, not only are the owners unhappy with the dramatic shift in power in the two leagues, but also at the fact that publicly financed stadiums could be more difficult to secure in the future.
Not that I believe that line of argument. After all, new stadiums are built on shaky, if not outright fictional, evidence such as “city development” and “new jobs.”
But at least for now, owners and fans are united in their hatred. Let’s just hope that Loria doesn’t pull a Carrie, locking us all in and setting fire to the building with his mind.