Moreno using fear to get his way

From The OC Register:


Hey, Anaheim councilwoman Kris Murray, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

I never thought of Anaheim as a place where country bumpkins might reside, but apparently voters there like their politicians gullible.

Angels owner Arte Moreno huffs and puffs about wanting a new stadium lease, and tells the Register he’s frustrated.

Join the Mike Trout party is what I would have told Moreno, which might explain why Arte and I don’t spend a lot of time together.

But when Murray heard Moreno was frustrated, she had a cow.

That’s how they talk in Kansas.

As soon as Moreno let it be known he was frustrated with lease negotiations, an Angels spokesperson said, the team will “explore all our options to ensure that we have certainty for our fans and the future of the team,’’ and is gobbly goop one word or two?

I take for granted the Angels have explored the option of making the playoffs the past four years, and how has that gone?

I appreciate the Angels wanting to provide “certainty for our fans,’’ but I think everyone is already certain they are dealing with a bully when it comes to Moreno’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

But Murray interpreted the spokesperson’s spin differently.

“The critics said that there was no way the team would leave,’’ Murray is quoted as saying in the Register, and I thank her for reading Page 2. “But this shows that our fears were justified.”

I called a PR rep for Anaheim, who called Murray’s aide, who called Murray and was told she had family commitments and would not be able to talk, although she had just done so to her aide.

But “fears” as Murray suggested, is a very good word, and describes what Moreno is counting on in getting his way.

I’ve always thought the better word was “extortion,” having dealt with the NFL and the L.A. market: Give us what we want or we’ll blow up this place and go elsewhere.

Smelling salts, please, for our Chicken Little Councilwoman because L.A. stood firm and they did go elsewhere, but the Angels aren’t going anywhere before 2019.