Archive for February, 2012

The Fat Cats could be in trouble

Ottawa Stadium is set to undergo a $10 Million renovation for the new Ottawa AA team

It seems like there is a possibility that the Ottawa Fat Cats will not be playing out of Ottawa Stadium next season.

As many of you may or may not know, the Fat Cats lease on the Stadium is up next month. With the new AA team moving in and the Stadium needing more than $10 million dollars in renovations, the city staff are recommending that the city does not renew their lease with the Fat Cats for 2012, so that the renovations can start immediately.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a full supporter of the renovation in general and other fans should be as well, but I think that they can definitely work around the summer. Why can’t the renos start after the season?

It doesn’t seem like the Fat Cats are too phased about the issue. Team president Brian Carolan says that the city told OSG that the Fat Cats could have the stadium to themselves (besides the fun fair… *gag*) for 2012, and that the city would make a renovation schedule to work around the FC home dates. Since this is what they were told, that’s how OSG is approaching the ordeal and that’s probably the best way that they could handle the situation.

However, this is where it gets interesting. Staff claims that no decision has been made on the Fat Cats and that if the recently released FC schedule gets in the way of the city’s renovation schedule, then it’s bye-bye Ottawa Fat Cats.

Someone here is lying, and I think it’s the city.

Certain councillors want pro baseball really badly, and construction on the stadium has to start almost immediately if the AA team is to be secured.

The city says that they do want the Fat Cats to keep on trucking, and I believe them, but the problem is that they want pro-ball more. To be honest, I can’t really blame them, but the whole situation is very unfair for the Fat Cats. If they do end up getting kicked out of the stadium, then the city is basically saying: “Alright! Thanks for making baseball interesting here again.. now GTFO.” As the media says, the Fat Cats are a victim of their own success.

No one really knows what will happen, but if we do end up getting kicked out of the stadium, the Fat Cats should not fold. As there are other ball fields (for example, Heritage Park)  that the FC’s could easily move into for one little season while things at Ottawa Stadium are taken care of.

Ottawa should come to a conclusion on this fairly soon, so stay tuned. Jon Willing and Neco Cockburn are the city hall reporters for the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun respectively, and a little follow to them on Twitter should keep you in the loop.


2012 Schedule released

The 2012 schedule for your Ottawa Fat Cats was finally released today… here it is!

Date Opponent Time
Saturday, May 5th @ Guelph 2:00pm
Sunday, May 6th @ Toronto 2:00pm
Saturday, May 12th @ Barrie 2:00pm
Sunday, May 13th @ Kitchener 1:00pm
Saturday, May 19th Kitchener 7:05pm
Sunday, May 20th Kitchener 1:05pm
Monday, May 21st Kitchener 1:05pm
Saturday, May 26th Guelph 7:00pm
Sunday, May 27th Guelph 1:00pm
Saturday, June 2nd Hamilton 7:05pm
Sunday, June 3rd Hamilton 1:05pm
Monday, June 4th @ Hamilton (in Ottawa) 11:05am
Friday, June 8th Toronto 7:05pm
Saturday, June 9th Toronto 1:05pm
Saturday, June 9th Barrie 7:05pm
Sunday, June 10th Barrie 1:05pm
Wednesday, June 13th @ Toronto 7:00pm
Thursday, June 14th @ Barrie 7:00pm
Friday, June 15th @ Brantford 8:00pm
Saturday, June 16th @ Burlington 1:00pm
Saturday, June 16th @ London 7:00pm
Sunday, June 17th @ Kitchener 1:00pm
Saturday, June 23rd Burlington 7:05pm
Sunday, June 24th Burlington (DH) 1:05pm
Friday, June 29th @ Brantford 8:00pm
Saturday, June 30th @ Burlington 2:00pm
Saturday, June 30th @ Guelph 7:00pm
Sunday, July 1st @ London 2:00pm
Saturday, July 7th London 7:05pm
Sunday, July 8th London 1:05pm
Friday, July 13th @ Hamilton 7:00pm
Saturday, July 14th @ Barrie 2:00pm
Sunday, July 15th @ Toronto 2:00pm
Saturday, July 21st Brantford 7:05pm
Sunday, July 22nd Brantford 1:05pm

Unfortunately, just like last year, we’ll be starting the year out on the road, but we’ve gotten a very generous home stint in early June. One thing that I found interesting is that we don’t see Guelph at home all season [EDIT: This was a mistake in the schedule and the 2 games vs the Royals on the 26th and 27th are in Ottawa].