Not to be outdone by a Lake County Fielders game being cancelled earlier this season due to a lack of baseballs, tonight’s Calgary Vipers game (a Friday night game with perfect weather, mind you) has been cancelled because the Chico Outlaws can’t (or won’t) get here on time.
From the Vipers’ press release:
“After playing at home last night the Outlaws flight this morning to Calgary was cancelled.”
If the Golden… err… North American League want to be treated like a professional sports league, it has to stop doing things that other professional sports leagues don’t do!
I found three direct flights online today that would have got the Outlaws from San Francisco (a three hour drive from Chico) to Calgary in time to play “professional” baseball today. Why didn’t anyone from Chico or Calgary try this? Defeatist attitude, I guess.
If there’s one point that has been driven home to me against my will in my years of Vipers fandom (including running this blog for three seasons) it’s that most people in Calgary – including baseball fans – don’t take the Vipers seriously, and it’s for reasons like this.
UPDATE. Here’s a response from Vipers GM Patrick Haas:
“Hey I want to let you know that the Outlaws had flights scheduled this morning from Sacramento to Seattle and Seattle into Calgary. Unfortunately the flight from Sacramento to Seattle was cancelled and all other flights were sold out. They tried to only send ten players but even that wasn’t possible. We also looked into flights out of San Francisco and the only one still available landed in Calgary at 6:16 pm.”
I’m happy about the response, but still obviously disappointed about the lack of baseball tonight and the way it was originally communicated. See you Saturday, I guess.