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.