Does anyone remember the skit on SNL in the early 90's called "Bad Idea Jeans?" I couldn't help but think of it tonight, when hearing Lents Park was the only option left on the table for the Portland Beavers new ballpark.
Here are a couple lines from the fake commercial, that still crack me up after all these years:
"Well, he's an ex free-base addict, and he's trying to turn around, and he needs a place to stay for a couple of months."
"Now that I have kids, I feel a lot better having a gun in the house."
"I thought about it, and even though it's over, I'm going to tell my wife about the afffair."
"Normally I wear protection, but then I thought, "When am I gonna make it back to Haiti?"
Here's one we can now add to the skit:
"We needed a spot for the Beavers new stadium, so we thought, let's stick on the fringe of Southeast Portland, 10 miles from the downtown core."
Newschannel 8 reporter Mike Benner talked to dozens fans at PGE Park Thursday night. They hate the idea.
He also talked to Lents neighbors, some are intrigued by the proposal, but don't really think it will work. These people are obviously not speaking for everyone. I'm sure there are tons of people who love it. But it seems, they are in the minority.
It is hard for the Beavers fans we talked to, to believe that the city will get a return on the multi-million dollar investment.
The problem, its not exactly centrally located.
Reporter Randy Neves left our building downtown at 4:18 today, to do a live shot at Lents Park for our 5:00 newscast. He didn't make his slot. Bad traffic. No surprise there.
People said they enjoyed coming downtown, where there is a large selection of bars, and restaurants, where they can get a bite to eat before or after the game. I think everyone would agree Lents Park is limited in that area.
The Rose Quarter seemed like a perfect fit. Too good to be true I guess.
If they do go through with the Lents Park plan, I will have to get my baseball fix at home on television. Just me, my couch and a pair of Bad Idea Jeans.
Here's the full skit: