The Wichita Wranglers have a snowball's chance in Wichita of existing next season. Springdale Arkansas has approved funding for a new stadium. The team owners (Mork and Mindy Rich) are "on vacation" at a posh resort with their craniums crammed in the beach.
The sports broadcasters and writers in Wichita have covered all the points:
- Attendance is down
- The Wranglers are a AA affiliate for a Major League team that wouldn't beat most AAA teams
- WSU has a better stadium, team, program, bigger fan base, and a coach who can't find somewhere else to go
- Wichita can't keep professional sports teams
Frankly, I don't care about the Wranglers. If they can find a better deal somewhere else, they should take it. And, as a tax paying resident of Wichita and Sedgwick County, I don't think the interested municipalities should extend considerations to keep the team here.
There will be a team playing in Lawrence Dumont when the Wranglers leave (independent leagues I'm looking at you). And the ticket-buying public won't care if the baseball on the field seems to be of "lesser" quality. An IL team will work harder to get people in the stands and have an entertaining product on the field.
I'm more concerned with National Baseball Congress Tournament. The NBC tourney is baseball in the purest form and needs to be kept in Wichita.
On my trip to Minnesota this past weekend, I was fortunate to see a Twins game in the HHH Metrodome. It was my father's idea and we had a great time.
The visiting Brewers had no chance against the red hot Twins. Francisco Liriano struck out 12 in 8 full innings of a three-hit shutout. A beautiful pitching performance. I hope that the Twins can hang onto Liriano. He's only 22 and shows tremendous poise and concentration. The long term tandem of Liriano and Santana would keep the Twins at the top of the pitching ranks.
The Twins also played solid fundamental baseball and gave Liriano an 8 spot of run support. By the time Morneau hit his solo home run the Twins had the game well in hand. They are a good team. They play largely independent of a reliance on home runs and support a solid pitching rotation with good defense.
An 11 game win streak got snapped by the bottom-dwelling Royals last night. And, the Tigers and White Sox keep winning at about the same pace. I would have never thought that the AL Central would be the strongest division this year.
A good buddy of mine is getting married soon. We both attended Bethel College – The Home of the Threshers. We also share an affinity towards baseball.
Tom now works for a major media outlet in the Tampa Bay area. Because the Devil Rays are almost as awful as his native Royals, Tom searched elsewhere for quality baseball entertainment.
He found the minor league team in Clearwater. Quite appropriately named – The Threshers.
He also scored some boss Thresher gear and was cool enough to share:
Thanks Tom! And best wishes to you and Amy!
Got this in the mail yesterday:
Yes, I am easily excited by the little things.
I'm not a big fan of the New York Yankees. And, I'm also not tremendously enamored with the Boston Red Sox. I grew up listening to the Minnesota Twins on WCCO radio .
I am enjoying watching the Yankees / Red Sox game this evening. I think part of is the established rivalry. In addition, there almost always seem to be intangibles associated when the two teams meet.
This series it's Johnny Damon coming back to Boston for the first time since defecting. And, the nice storyline of Doug Mirabelli being traded back to the Red Sox today and making it to the ballpark just in time for the game.
David Ortiz hit a three run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend the Sox lead to 4 runs. I wish the Twins could have kept him in their organization.
I really need to go see some more games.