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Stadium sized indifference....

Posted at 9:57 AM on April 26, 2006 by David Zingler

Am I the only baseball fan in Minnesota that just doesn’t care if the Twins get a new stadium? OK, “just doesn’t care” is a little strong, but I really don’t feel passionate about the issue.

For one thing, I can see both sides. I see the hypocrisy of the billionaire owners, whose politics are undoubtedly anti-taxation, demanding what amounts to welfare from the state to help them build a baseball palace that will exponentially increase the value of their franchise. Meanwhile, I am also enough of a political realist to look around the country at nearly all of the stadiums built during this latest boom and see that they were partially paid for with public funds – it’s the name of the game.

Secondly, there are so many other more important political issues out there that I just don’t have the energy left to deal with this one.

Finally, haven’t we just been arguing about stadiums for so long that it’s lost all meaning?

So, all of you stadium supporters and opponents have your little battle and let me know when you’re done – I am not holding my breath.

Stadium currently in debate

Posted at 2:04 PM on April 26, 2006 by Ben Tesch

The stadium bill debate in the legislature started earlier today despite its contentious nature. Updates sure to come soon.

The state of sports in... the state

Posted at 2:12 PM on April 26, 2006 by Ben Tesch

There was a nice Strib article this weekend on the state of professional sports in the Twin Cities and how there's been a nice drought in the standings of the local sports teams. Apparently even though the Twins did worse than usual, attendance and TV audience was still steady, which is good to hear since the local advertising exec said "franchises that face indifference that need to worry the most."

Also, I sure hope RT isn't putting his money where his mouth is on that "I'm simply assuming the Twins are winning the World Series this year" idea.

Showing them who's boss.

Posted at 10:58 PM on April 26, 2006 by Josh Lee

The Kansas City Royals have an offense that is arguably the worst in the league: As a team, they have the fewest hits, the fewest runs, the worst on-base percentage, the second worst slugging percentage, and the third worst batting average. Mike Sweeney has been scuffling, and didn't even play in tonight's game against the Twins; his backup, Matt Stairs, had zero hits coming into the game. Outside of Mark Grudzielanek, the Royals' lineup ranges from unimpressive to embarrassing.

Well, the Twins have never been a team to let another team outdo them. After accidentally mounting a come-from-not-very-far-behind victory last night, Minnesota's hitters came into their next game focused and ready to do what they had to in order to show KC what a bad night at the plate really looks like. So while Grudzielanek went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs, and Stairs got his first hit of the season (a double, no less), the Twins racked up a measly four hits on the way to a 1-3 loss.

The only thing to mar an otherwise perfectly unremarkable outing was a solid home run by Justin Morneau, because even when you're trying to outdo another team in a non-hit-off, an 0-for-19 hitless streak is not something you want to extend if you have any choice in the matter. I'm still not convinced, however, that he wasn't trying to pop it up, only to be surprised by his own strength; the kid really reminds of Bam-Bam sometimes.

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