Maybe it is all the cookies that Congressman O'Rourke's office hands out, but I am feeling groovy, and I want to throw something really crazy out there: MLB in El Paso.
I would not rule it out.
The San Diego Padres are basically competing in the same market as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels (repetitive ain't it?) of Anaheim. It is only going to get tougher for San Diego. The Dodgers have always been big spenders, but now the Angels are slowly joining the ranks (see Josh Hamilton, CJ Wilson, Albert Pujols, Zack Greinke). The Angels are able to do that because they are playing with monopoly...err...media money. It is that money San Diego is chasing.
I know. El Paso is poors, but so is St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, Oakland, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Cinnicinati. Just because a town itself has money does not mean success...cough cough...Miami.
The El Paso Padres would not just pull from El Paso. It would pull from Midland-Odessa: people with money who do not want to fly to Houston or Dallas to deal with their traffic to go to a ballgame. It would pull from New Mexico because let's face it New Mexicans do not give a shit about anything from Arizona or Colorado.
I know. It sounds far-fetched...until it doesn't. Just look at Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City is the El Paso of Oklahoma. But some guy who made a fortune in oil and gas, not unlike our own Paul Foster, moved the Seattle Supersonics to Oklahoma.
That, and it would be great for Texas to have a National League team (Disastros are heading to the American to become the Rangers' whipping team).
I can see it now. David K is crying at Ray Salazar Ballpark as he sees the Nats get their asses handed to them by the EP Padres during the NL pennant. Everybody is happy since the first 10,000 fans get free tacos from Chicos because the EP Padres won.
Anyways...I am feeling kinda hungry now.