MLB signs Nats lease; rolls naked in city’s cash

From the Strikethree.com Newsroom

WASHINGTON, DC — Major League Baseball took another step in getting the former Montreal Expos a permanent home on Sunday, by signing the lease to the team’s future ballpark. The signing comes only one day before a deadline set by the District of Columbia Council.

MLB (and when we say “MLB,” we of course mean “Bud Selig”) had balked at a clause in the lease capping the District’s contribution to $611 million, even though that amount would make it the continent’s most expensive ballpark. “We have worked very hard to accommodate the requests from the mayor and the Council that changed the terms of the agreement that brought the Expos to Washington,” said MLB COO and Selig henchman Bob DuPuy, contradicting conventional wisdom that desperation brought the Expos to Washington.

MLB can now begin the quest for a new owner for the team that has been in trusteeship ever since Selig moved the previous owners to Miami so they could threaten to move the Marlins. “We’re delighted, and I’m betting millions of Nationals fans are too,” said DC mayor Anthony Williams, who, if we’re not mistaken, seemed to have DuPuy’s handprint in his hair.

Published March 6, 2006

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