I remember the fall of ’98 like it was yesterday. Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, spent the summer flirting with Connecticut. He was using us to make his ‘real girlfriend,’ Massachusetts, jealous.
Gov. John G. Rowland of Connecticut and the owner of the New England Patriots scheduled a news conference at the Capitol today to announce an agreement to move the National Football League team from Massachusetts to downtown Hartford, a spokesman for the Governor said this morning. – NYTimes 11/19/98
“It will happen,” I said at the time to anyone who asked, “when I grow a second penis.”
I actually didn’t say penis.
Our governor, Hartford’s mayor and a bunch of other prominent Connecticut residents were played. Kraft saw us as bumpkins. We were.
By the way, I will never root for the Patriots as long as Kraft is associated with it in any way. I am still bitter. It may have been good business, but it was bad faith.
Oh, yeah… I’m reminded of the Patriots story because of something going on down here. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are going through contentious negotiations over the team’s lease with Anaheim, their stadium’s owner.
Angels owner Arte Moreno wants the Moon and the stars. The City of Anaheim doesn’t want to get fleeced. The prevailing wisdom is the current lease has been a lot better for Moreno than Anaheim.
Now, Moreno has pulled a Kraft!
Angels owner Arte Moreno met with officials from the City of Tustin last week to discuss the possibility of building a new baseball stadium, a team spokesman confirmed Saturday.
One potential site would be the decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station, which would be accessible via the 5, 405 and 55 Freeways and is across the street from the Tustin Metrolink train station. LATimes 2/15/14
Tustin is the next city north from here. It is not the only stranger being kissed while Anaheim looks on.
Amid tense negotiations with Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels baseball team has said it talked with FivePoint Communities, the developer of homes surrounding the Great Park in Irvine. What kind of talk, no one knows – or will say in much detail. OCRegister 5/2/14
I could walk to the games! We’re around a mile northeast of the park.
I’ll grow a second penis before any of this happens.
Moreno is playing hardball, but he doesn’t want to move ten miles farther from Los Angeles. The Angels are best served staying right where they are with a little stadium upgrade. It’s all about money.
I hope Anaheim remains firm.
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Mr. Kraft was gracious enough to bow out and take the brunt of the outrage over the broken deal. I have no doubt our then felon Governor Rowland tried to shake Kraft down for bribes or kickbacks and that ultimately scotched the deal. Also, the stadium site was supposed to be where the convention/science center went, not where Rentschler Field is now. The parking and access would have been disastrous.
The real villain was Gov. John Rowland who screwed up the Whalers and then tried to make up for that by offering the Patriots free rent.
Connecticut came to Kraft and he played his hand perfectly. The tragedy is the Whalers leaving mainly because Rowland totally screwed up 17 years ago. The Hurricanes owner admits to this day moving to North Carolina was wrong but he could not trust politicians in Connecticut.
I worked camera at the last Whalers game 17 years ago and it remains one of the most depressing gigs I have ever worked.