We'll see. If you haven't heard the Syracuse Chiefs Board of Directors (did you know we had a pro baseball team in Syracuse?) have seized power over the ballclub and will try to move the team in a new direction without the 40 year management team of the Simone family, Tex and John Simone.
A big issue between the 2 proposals on the table was one of the proposals (from an outside interest in Canada, and with the support of the Simone dynasty) that may not have guaranteed that the Chiefs would even stay in Syracuse, although its' author said there was never any intention of moving the team elsewhere.
So, will this work? How will it be different? Better? How do you change the hearts and minds of a community that's been pretty apethetic, and in many cases negative about a lot of things here in CNY, with the exception maybe of SU basketball, Dinosaur BBQ, Heid's, and free concerts at Chevy Court at the State Fair?
Here's a start. Deep six the grumpy old parking attendents at the ballpark's parking lot. Man, those people can be nasty. Some ushers too.
Then, take that picture of Hank Sauer off that outfield wall. The "Hank Sauer Room" restaurant name can go too. All due respect to a ballplayer that is sacred in this city when he played here, but nobody under the age of 70 can identify with Hank Sauer, or that restaurant.
There's got to be a plan that would attract more people into that stadium on nights other than Fireworks Night, Lockheed Martin Night, an occasional car giveaway, and a rehab assignment from Stephen Strasburg.
Syracuse Chief"s Board of Directors Member and Treasurer, Joe Janowski on Syracuse Chief"s new direction