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July 3, 2012 5:00 am

Western Front: Ready, Set, No!

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Geoff Young

Geoff compares members of the Tacoma Rainiers to Twilight characters using the 20-80 scale. Or maybe he would have, if he'd been able to see the team play.

“Who said that?”

“Nobody, I was just trying to make you feel better.”

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July 3, 2003 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Down on the Farm

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Derek Zumsteg

The Rainiers announced on June 27th that "Fun Entertainment LLC" (formerly Unsmiling Consolidated Industries AG, incorporated in Dusseldorf, Germany) signed a letter of intent to buy the team from owner George Foster, who's been trying to get rid of them for years. While the team is tied to a lease through 2005, Cheney stadium is pretty run-down and the owner has been fighting for years for wide-ranging improvements. If the new ownership doesn't get a sweet deal, they'll start looking for places to move. Tacoma's a beautiful industrial town, as much as any city has personality in modern times, where strip malls with the same stores and the vast parking lots of Wal Mart determine as much local geography as the character of the region a hundred years ago. Tacoma's also poorer than Seattle, and with the whole northwest economy in shambles and Boeing self-destructing, it's going to be hard for the city to come up with a couple million dollars to support minor-league baseball, and it's even more unlikely the state would help.

The Rainiers announced on June 27th that "Fun Entertainment LLC" (formerly Unsmiling Consolidated Industries AG, incorporated in Dusseldorf, Germany) signed a letter of intent to buy the team from owner George Foster, who's been trying to get rid of them for years. While the team is tied to a lease through 2005, Cheney stadium is pretty run-down and the owner has been fighting for years for wide-ranging improvements. If the new ownership doesn't get a sweet deal, they'll start looking for places to move. Tacoma's a beautiful industrial town, as much as any city has personality in modern times, where strip malls with the same stores and the vast parking lots of Wal Mart determine as much local geography as the character of the region a hundred years ago. Tacoma's also poorer than Seattle, and with the whole northwest economy in shambles and Boeing self-destructing, it's going to be hard for the city to come up with a couple million dollars to support minor-league baseball, and it's even more unlikely the state would help.

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