Posted at 9:53 PM on August 29, 2007
by David Zingler
I’ll admit, I like the idea of a new, open air, state-of-the art baseball stadium – any fan would – but the reality of the situation leaves me a little queasy.
Think back about what had to happen to make Carl Pohlad’s dream come true:
First there was the threat to sell the team to a guy named Don Beaver in 1997, who would have moved our beloved Twins all the way to something called the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. In 1999, then St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman attempted to bring the Twins to the east side of the river, but his constituents didn’t feel it was worth a raise in their sales tax. That was followed by several unsuccessful attempts to convince our state legislature to pass a so-called “stadium bill.”
Perhaps Pohlad’s most significant contribution to the state is causing the word “contraction” to strike fear in men whose female companions are not pregnant (Twins fans should never forget the name Harry S. Crump). Finally, last year legislation was passed that ended the madness – sort of. It was widely unpopular with the masses, didn’t include a purchase price for the land and is in the path of garbage fumes.
Then – coincidentally and tragically – the day before the ceremonial groundbreaking was to take place, the I-35 Bridge collapses.
Are we so spoiled that we’d rather focus on luxury items like stadiums rather than essentials like infrastructure? Are our leaders completely out of touch? Is this way too deep for the “Bleacher Bums”?