Posted at 9:43 AM on November 27, 2007
by David Zingler
Remember when a new, taxpayer funded Twins stadium was supposed to make the team “competitive” and “viable” by “increasing revenue”? “Build it and our problems will be solved” was the message. Well, let’s look at the moves the Twins have made since breaking ground on that stadium last summer:
First, they dealt Luis Castillo to the Mets for some low-level minor leaguers. Next, they gave free-agent-to-be Torii Hunter a low-ball offer that no player in his situation would even consider taking. Hunter, of course, bolted to LA last week. Now they are shopping Johan Santana to the highest bidding, big market team. And, the one bargain-basement player the Twins have acquired this off-season – Craig Monroe – will likely be released if he doesn’t take a pay cut.
Is this what we had in mind when we signed onto the stadium deal? The way things are going; the Twins will be less competitive when they enter Pohlad Park in 2010 than they have been the last 7 years in the Metrodome. Let’s also remember that Twins tickets will be scarcer and more expensive and out-state fans will be turned away by the dozens every April because of rainouts. But, I bet those luxury suites will be nice – Cambria countertops and all.
Let’s face it Minnesota, we are victims of a high class hustle.