Take Back Baseball Group Forms - 1/29/2002
Printed with permission of Heather Holdridge
(Washington, DC) "Take Back Baseball," a new grassroots group of baseball fans sick of greed destroying the game they love, officially launched on 12/13/2001 at www.TakeBackBaseball.com. The group hopes to offer a voice to baseball fans, so often shut out of critical decisions by baseball's owners. Its first effort will be to oppose Commissioner Bud Selig's plan to eliminate two major league teams, reportedly the Twins and Expos.
"Our goal is to finally give fans a voice and a seat at the table," said Heather Holdridge, 'Team Captain' of the group. "While the owners tan themselves at the winter meetings and scheme over how to spin contraction, we're creating a place for fans to fight for the things that make baseball great. The time when fans are frozen out of the process is over. And we're going to do what we can to make sure that baseball is about the national pastime not the national bottom line."
Twins and Expos - Who's on Deck?
T"We stood by for the designated hitter, we stood by for lights in Wrigley Field, but this is too much," said Heather Holdridge, 'Team Captain' of the group. "Just weeks after the best World Series in years, they sucker punch the fans with this? The Twins are a profitable team, and they are loved by the fans of Minnesota. If they can be eliminated, any team is at risk. It's time for fans to get off the bench, hit the field, and take back baseball."
Owners Scarfing a Slice of America's Apple Pie, Getting Fat
"Look, we're not naïve we know that baseball is a business and that teams need to be profitable," said Holdridge. "But this isn't about making baseball profitable it's about making it really, really, really profitable. And if the owners are going to break the spirit of the anti-trust arrangement, if they're going to change the rules in the middle of the game, then we're going to cry 'foul.'"
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