This is, of course, a tough one for Fahey, since this is being driven by the NCAA: Refuse their demands for a new stadium, and Omaha could potentially lose the CWS. Give in to their demands, and the beloved ‘Blatt could make way for a new panda exhibit, the city could have another new ballpark like a zillion other minor league towns, and the charm of the CWS could vanish — along with Fahey’s career and legacy.
Of course one could also argue that Fahey’s job should be a little more than to simply nod to every suggestion of Dennis Poppe and the boys. If Fahey really thinks it’s a bad idea to flatten the Mecca of college baseball, shouldn’t he come up with a grand plan — maybe even a fifty million dollar plan for the area? Sure we’ve heard about the suggestions to steamroller the west side of 13th street, but will that do the trick for the NCAA? Is it really bold enough?
So, would a new stadium be a good thing or a bad thing? And lest we think this is a pure “policy” issue, remember that the history of Rosenblatt Stadium WILL become the legacy of Mike Fahey. If it succeeds, he’s a hero. If it blows, he’s the goat.
We here on Leavenworth Street have a few thoughts, which we may share as we go along. But we’d like to hear what YOU think should happen with the ‘Blatt, and what will happen with Fahey. Make you opinion known on the comment board (and please give your name or make one up, so you can separate yourself from the other Anonymous-es).
What will be the Legacy of Mike Fahey?