That’s reflected in their attendance. The team drew an average of 1,971 fans per game in a 10,000-seat, city-owned stadium last year. People don’t care.
Not so in Manchester, New Hampshire where the Blue Jays affiliate the Fisher Cats are doing 4,258 fans a game in a very cold spring.
Why so many fans?
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette are some of the top prospects in all of baseball and are expected to be with the Major League Blue Jays within a couple or three years. That’s why more than twice the number of fans show up in the tiny Manchester market than in Ottawa. They come to see the future.
Mayor Jim Watson had an opportunity to get that very lineup and bring exciting baseball to Ottawa. Instead he opted for cheaping out on a team run by his friend David Gourlay and the attendance reflects Watson’s decision. Watson should keep his nose out things he doesn’t understand, which would be everything except politics. His meddling caused the mess on Coventry Road. He doesn’t understand the business of sports.
All that excitement in Manchester could have been here had not Watson made a bad choice.
Guerrero Jr., 19, is the son of the Hall of Famer by the same name. Experts say Jr. is better than his dad because his father was notorious for swinging at bad pitches while Jr. is more selective. The younger is flirting with a batting average of .400.
Below are two videos of the same home run by Jr. It was one of the hardest hit balls you’ll ever see. You don’t need to be a baseball fan to appreciated it. You can hear the power. (Please note the first video has some mild coarse language in it.) Watch the top video in full screen to see the power. Not sure that ball has come down yet.
The Blue Jays wanted this farm team to come here. So too two of the best owners in Minor League Baseball. The Eastern League wanted the move. Franchises were available and the Blue Jays affiliated prospects would be in Ottawa right now.
Then Watson got involved. The rest is history.
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