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Champions Face Brutal Sports Competition

Last week in an article with Ottawa Champions executive Miles Wolff in the Citizen, the Can-Am League Champs said the club was hoping for 2,500 fans a night.

In fact as of Friday morning, they were averaging 2,078 for baseball games here.

That’s a tad short but not fatal.

However in the spring, Champs honcho David Gourlay said he was hoping for 3,500 to 4,000 people per night.

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Ottawans Are Not Baseball Virgins

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Ottawans are not stupid.

They are accustomed to watching the highest level of hockey in the world at the Canadian Tire Centre.

So when someone brings in the lowest form of minor league baseball to this city, fans will be skeptical. Residents don’t mind watching their Quebec league and Ontario league juniors because at least these players have an outside chance of making the NHL.

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The Champions Are Playing When?

How are baseball fans to know when the Can-Am League or American Association Ottawa Champions are playing?

The only ads I’ve heard are on Blue Jays radio broadcasts which are a good idea except that they don’t make the date of the game stick in the mind. Print ads help in that regard. So does web advertising.

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Reader Enjoyed Champions Game

Bulldog contributor Doug K chips in on the Ottawa Champions issue.

Tell me Doug … did you see any ads for the game? I didn’t but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any:

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Commenter Needs Baseball Reality Check

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Here’s a question-and-answer between some guy who calls himself Reality Check (whoever that is) and yours truly

Mr. Reality is referring to the post, Champions Have Bad Money Weekend. To read the post, click here:

Ken,

I really don’t get your hate on for this team, nor your insistence on perpetuating misinformation to support your irrational attacks.

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Champions Have Bad Money Weekend

Some concerning omens appeared at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Stadium, home of the Can-Am baseball league Ottawa Champions on Coventry Road.

The Champions (why play the games if they are already the champions of the Can-Am League or American Association or whatever independent ball they’re in?) drew an average of 2,815 over the first three nights of the season against the Sussex County Miners (whoever they are).

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Baseball Kiss Cam Features Gay Couple: Video

Has the last bastion of heterosexuality been breached? Is there any barrier left?

A crowd at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium cheers a gay couple kissing on the Kiss Cam between innings at a baseball game.

The video evidence is below:

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WHOPPERWATCH

“Transit won’t trip up baseball

– headline from Ottawa Sun

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Champions Baseball: Tough Sell Gets Tougher

canamSo the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League or the American Association or an amalgam of both were already in trouble, but now the chance of salvaging the team has become more difficult if not impossible.

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The Most Terrifying Ballpark Snacks

Baseball fans of the world … summer has officially arrived.

Well kinda. The weather might not be cooperating but there is something more reliable than warm weather in July and that’s the beginning of the Major League Baseball season. And that’s today.

To celebrate opening day, The Atlantic’s CityLab brings you seven of the most terrifying snack foods available at U.S. baseball parks.

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This Is Professional Baseball? Whopper Watch

Ottawa Champions president David Gourlay gave us a helpful reminder the other day.

In announcing Sam Bat Corporation as a team sponsor, Gourlay said: “These guys make bats for professional baseball players and we’re a professional baseball team.”

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Brave 2015 Predictions: Top-10 List

Councillor Rick Chiarelli … appointed the Loneliest Man In Town.

Everyone is making predictions about 2015 so why can’t The Bulldog?

Here goes in the form of a Top 10 List:

10. Ex-Kitchissippi councillor Katharine Hobbs leaves planet to return to former home on the Moons of Orion. No one notices.

9. Hobbs calls for higher highrises on Moons of Orion. Ashcroft offers to build them.

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Watson’s Baseball Folly

The Ottawa Champions have named their new manager, former Major League Baseball great Hal Lanier.

You have to be a certain vintage to remember Lanier. That was my earliest vintage. Somehow the 18-34 age bracket might have missed him

Good luck to Lanier, not just on the field, but in the executive suite. Your agent has had an expert on minor-league baseball say that he doesn’t think the Champions will finish the season. We’ll see. The first incarnation of Can-Am League baseball … if that is the league they’re playing in … died after one season. So far, no local ownership.

But the franchise does have a president, none other than that Order of Ottawa award-winning friend of Mayor Jim Watson and professional resume-builder, David Gourlay. Now how did that happen?

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Batting Last, Jim Watson: Whopper Watch

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This is grim.

How much did Mayor Jim Watson know about bringing Double-A baseball to Ottawa? Very, very little.

Case in point.

Watson in an interview with the Citizen’s Joanne Chianello said that Triple-A baseball was too rich for Ottawa’s blood. Probably was. The problem is that the Ottawa bid was for Double-A baseball. Embarrassing.

So now Watson has called the baseball bid in the past Major League Baseball and has twice called it Triple-A. Does this guy have advisers?

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