Taxpayers right to cry foul play in Braves’ win
December 04, 2013 01:37 AM | 1007 views | 6 6 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Last week the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cobb Citizen-Taxpayer team easily by a lopsided score of 4 to 1. The Braves, practically unannounced, showed up with a fully loaded team ready to play ball. In addition to their own powerful team, they brought along some big batters to pinch hit for them. Namely, the CCID, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, the MDJ and Cobb Chairman Tim Lee. For some strange reason, they also had a plumber and a security guy serving as bat boys.

It turned out to be the fastest game I’ve ever witnessed in the Cobb Political ballpark. It was a very exciting game but was cut short and not allowed to go the full nine innings.

The Braves apparently were in a big hurry to bat and get out of town before their opponents could examine their bats for cork. The crowds that attended the game witnessed some of the longest hits and fastest pitches ever executed. It was a well thought-out plan by the Braves and their pinch hitters to hit and run out of town as quickly as possible.

The taxpayer team had no idea until just a couple of weeks before the game that they had to play ball with the Braves. Because of this last-minute notification, there was no time for them to put together a top level team with some great pinch hitters, buy uniforms, practice and be prepared to compete like the pros. They just didn’t have a chance to win, but scoring one run said a lot.

I believe that the citizen-taxpayer team is entirely justified in crying foul play and demanding a new game with the Braves. Somehow it seems unfair and unsporting for the Braves and their big hitters to unexpectedly stampede into town, beat up on the little guys and then hightail it out.

Of course, a replay will never happen but the odor of poor sportsmanship will hang around for a long time and all the so-called winners won’t be forgotten.

It was simply too quick and easy for the Braves to reach a deal and a MOU with Cobb. Understanding how much time is required to design any complicated deal, it’s difficult to believe that the deal was not a careful and deliberate plan that took many months to concoct and execute. It also makes sense that top level Cobb leaders were aware of it all along.

It seems like capturing Cobb citizen-taxpayers off guard to prevent them from knowing the details until the last minute was a key part of that plan. The plan worked well for the Braves and now it’s time for the Braves to work well for Cobb. The next step is going to be the hard part.

Joe O’Connor

Marietta

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wonderin
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December 05, 2013
If you remember when The Atlanta Galleria was built across the street from Cumberland Mall Cobb County threw a hissy fit and demanded that the name be changed to the Cobb Galleria. I wonder if Cobb will demand that the Atlanta Braves change their name to the Cobb County Braves to avoid any association with Atlanta?
Moving Fast kept it
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December 05, 2013
Very Cute, but the taxpayers will win in the end by not losing the Braves to another county. All teh major facts were clearly laid out for the public in case you missed it. The Braves stadium is unquestionably the biggest oppurtunity for Cobb since the Bell plant. Moving fast kept it here. That is what leadership is all about. Would you rather sell the ballpark in Gwinett? Based on your letter I think you don't care.
Fast is Folly
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December 05, 2013
Let's see what your opinion is when the rammed through tax increase is not one you favor. The issue is proper government consideration with due public input, not the Braves.
The next 2 week tax
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December 04, 2013
What will be the next major Cobb decision that has to be rushed and voted on in two weeks. We like the Braves, so many went along this time without complaining - but remember the precedent is now set. Tax decisions can be presented and voted on by the BOC with only a two week public notice. Beware the next budget for Cobb !
Kevin Foley
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December 04, 2013
You can ascribe nothing but nefarious motives to the haste and secrecy of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners' decision to ram the stadium down our throats while so many Cobb County tax payers were preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday.

If it was a wonderful idea that would benefit the county in measurable ways, they could have made a case and convinced us it was the right thing to do.

Taxpayers (and federal investigators) should keep a close eye on how the deal unfolds and who benefits.

Bob Johnson
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December 05, 2013
Really Kevin "(federal investigators)". What does that even mean???
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