Singing the San Luis baseball blues
July 2, 2010
I am a minority shareholder in the San Luis Blues baseball franchise. I purchased a 5 percent share in the team in 1998.
Over the years I contributed considerable time, effort, and money to keep the team viable and improve the quality of baseball here in San Luis Obispo. I housed players, found them jobs, and brought many new fans into the fold.
The team has been sold more than once since then. However, I have not yet been paid or bought out for my shares.
When a person/company purchases a company, it assumes the debts and the assets of the company. There were other minority shareholders who also were never paid. Despite this, I appeared before the City Council last summer to urge the city to allow Blues baseball at Sinsheimer Stadium, that we might sort this out in the meantime and not deprive San Luis Obispo of semi-pro baseball games.
On Friday night, July 2, I went to the Blues game and was told I was no longer an owner, to get the hell out of there, or I would be arrested for disturbing the peace. The owner?manager?–Jim someone– made a huge scene He threatened me. I was disgusted with his heckling harassment and left to avoid any further abuse.
I believe such threatening and demeaning behavior speaks volumes about the character of the present owners. Sorry, might does not make right. Minority shareholders have rights. If you would cheat a woman like me, what else are you doing outside the public eye?
I want to say publicly that I am so sorry that the efforts made by so many of us have come to this: That a big fat man would threaten to arrest a middle-aged woman and make a scene in front of a large crowd including many Host Families, who are doing what I did for so many years–housing baseball players over the summer, because she wanted to see a game played by a team she partly owns.
Is a minority shareholder such a terrible threat to you? If it’s not a big deal to pay me, then pay up. If it is a problem, then let’s discuss it. In the meantime I am entitled to watch my team. Now as a minority shareholder I can’t even do that??? Who do you think you are?
I will strongly urge the City Council to rethink the Blues contract for next year. There is no reason whatsoever for the city to deal with such lowlife thugs.
Leslie Ramsey Halls lives and works in San Luis Obispo.