The outlook isnt brilliant for the Calgary fans these days
The sporting teams are dying out or running far away.
And then the 88s went belly-up, and as the Flames go to follow suit
A sickly silence fell where sporting fans of Calgary used to root.
The bandwagon bunch jumped off in despair. The rest
Attended local sport events with much exuberance and zest.
They paid through the nose for tickets, and took little joy from that.
But at least it was still a good deal to see the Cannons at the bat.
But lack of talent held the Cannons back, as did their ever-changing parent teams
And the former made the fans groan and the latter brought out screams
So despite the freebie give-aways, in the stands few true fans sat,
For these troubles kept common fans from going to see the Cannons at the bat.
But A-Rod came to play in 94, as Tartabull did before him
And the Marinners, who stayed a while, sent us talent in the interim.
And when the dust had lifted, and Calgary saw their improved team,
Youd think that every seatd be filled with fans to shout and scream.
But less than 5,000 folks would show up to watch the fun,
And the echo of the cheering rattled empty seats in the sun.
It knocked upon the backstops low, and up to the rafters tall
Where dents and knocks gave evidence of prior foul balls.
But no fans sat high above the field to catch the souvenirs,
And owners thoughts of profits turned to cash-strapped baseball tears.
And the Cannons tried to get butts to fill the seats where no one sat
Yet no newcomer was seen to sit and watch the Cannons at the bat.
And now Russ Parkers pitch for fans come hurtling through the air
And the fans of Calgary stood a-listening, but didnt seem to care.
The media watched Parkers appeal , they wrote and we all read
"Ill go another day," fans said. "Strike one," Parker said.
From the stands unfilled with people, not a single peep was heard
Silent as the long-dead screams of a well-cooked Christmas bird
No shouts of "Save the Cannons!" Indeed, nobody was hooked
On the little Triple A team whose goose we knew was cooked.
With the patience of a saint and deep pockets of a sucker,
The Cannons owner would not give up, yes, that was our Russ Parker.
He turned to city hall and asked for a new park with which to woo
The fans. City hall said no, and Russ Parker said "Strike two."
Again, no one raised a fuss, if any noticed at all
That Calgary was dangerously close to having no baseball.
At last Russ Parker speaks again, but no one waits with baited breath
Do any care if the Cannons can again avoid their death?
Oh, almost no where left in Canada is there a place for minor baseball teams
The fans go watch televised MLB, where salaries are extreme
And for those teams, prosperity, in their cities that actually care;
But theres none of that in Calgary-- The Cannons are going elsewhere.