Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Balls of Brass Bonanza

As per Field of Schemes, the city of Hartford, Connecticut (or at least its mayor) is prepping to spend something like $60M to lure a AA minor league baseball team to town. So far, so meh, right? I mean, Hartford couldn't hang on to the Whalers, but that was a long time ago, and besides, the Hartford Civic Center was a slightly worse place to see a hockey game than the Wesleyan student gym (trust me, I've been to both, and only one had a faint residual smell of elephant), but hey, a minor league baseball team? Why the heck not?

Well, the big reason is that the team they're going after currently resides in the far-away land of New Britain, Connecticut.

Now, for all of you who have not had the pleasure of spending multiple years of your life in the Nutmeg State, I'll give you a moment to pull up Google Maps and check to see how far apart those two metropolises are. Bear in mind, they're both in Connecticut, so you hit max value on this one pretty quickly. As for the actual value, it comes in somewhere around 10.

That's right. Ten miles. The mayor of Hartford wants to blow $60M to move a AA baseball team ten miles. You could, depending on traffic, walk that faster than you could drive it. You could even get a nice steamed cheeseburger along the way.

There is a reason that one of the main thoroughfares in Hartford is called "Asylum Avenue". It's because all the people running the place are insane.
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