As Playoff Hopes Crumble, Bad News Breaks.
The Ottawa Fat Cats pretty much had to win their 2 remaining games to have a chance at a Playoff Spot, but the Barrie Baycats stopped them dead in their tracks last night at Metals Stadium, where the Cats lost 3-2. Again, this was a very emotional game, where both teams very likely put in all that they had.
Ottawa had 5 hits, while the Baycats has 5 as well. Ottawa made 1 error, and Barrie did the same. In fact, the only place where there was really a significant difference on the Scoreboard, was the tally of runs. Unfortunately, that is where it counted.
For the Fat Cats, the leaders in this game at the plate were Eitan Moaz, and Tony Farago. Maoz was the man that had the most hits for the Cats, and also put up an RBI. A valiant performance from the former Mississauga Twin. Tony Farago had an RBI on the one hit that he put up. The thing with Farago, is that he really doesn’t get wood on the ball that often, but when he does, watch out. The other Ottawa Rundriver this evening, was Kyle Barclay.
For the Baycats, leading the offense was Ryan Davis. Davis has been great all season, and last night was no exception. He put up 2 hits. The run scorers for Barrie were 2B Ryan Steer, and C Matt Proctor.
Now, while this loss could very well be the nail in the coffin for the 2010 Ottawa Fat Cats, that isn’t the least of my concerns. According to a couple sources, including ‘News Durham Region” and another IBL Fan Blog, the Ottawa Fat Cats are in the process of kicking the bucket.
Of course, while this is only a rumor, apparently OSG says that it is “not financially viable to keep the Fat Cats in Operation”. I remember when this group was granted a conditional IBL franchise. The guarantee was that they would pay for other teams’ Hotel Expenses, as well as the lease on the stadium.
I realize that Hotel Rooms aren’t cheap, but if the Fat Cats really are kaput, I don’t think that this is the reason that the Cats have finished their run. In my opinion, the real reason is because there are bigger fish in the sea. That’s right, OSG is after the CanAM League.
Honestly, I don’t want a CanAM team right now. I, and a whole bunch of other fans, are perfectly happy with the Fat Cats. Ottawa doesn’t absolutely need Pro Ball.
However if the cost really is too much, it’s a simple process to bring the Stadium Lease way down from what it is right now. Hamilton Yards, Heritage Park and Fallowfield Park are the names of regulation size fields in the Ottawa Area. If OSG payed for some new, bigger bleachers and moved the Cats into one of those fields, their lease would go through the floor.
OK, maybe it isn’t a simple process, but if you think about it, it can be done and I for one, hope that we really haven’t seen the last of the Ottawa Fat Cats.