Sunday, April 4, 2010
Target Field Sucks
There was gratuitous bitching on KFAN Friday about Target Field not having a roof. For an hour straight I heard one hun-yuck caller after another complain before the parks even opened.
"How can you not have a roof?!" (Ballparks in New York, Boston, Chicago and Detroit don't have roofs.)
"What about those families who come from Iowa or the Dakota's on vacation?!" (What about them? Like there's nothing else to do in the Twin Cities?)
"It would only cost another 50 million!" (1. It would cost around 200. 2. You're not fitting a roof on the land of this park. 3. Do you live in Hennepin County? Are YOU paying for a roof? 4. If you think a roof is the only way to go, where should it have been built then?)
Flawed arguments from callers yesterday. I guarantee, would bet every dollar I own these are the same people that bitched about building a publicly financed park, then when the law passed they had no choice but to focus bitching on a new issue, they bitched about Target Field's sod being grown in Colorado, they bitched about the Dome Dog not coming to the new park, then bitched about Hormel products not being sold, then shut up when another local company, Schwiegert's, got the nod to sell their products.
I mentioned in my Joe Mauer article that there's nothing the people of Minnesota loves more than Minnesota. More or less, there isn't anything wrong with that.
Where there is a problem is that anything, like grass grown in Colorado, NOT Minnesotan is of a lesser quality or a lower standard. Pretty arrogant IMO.
The regular season hasn't started yet and these callers were complaining yesterday. Not only did it kind of put me in a grumpy mood, but it also is exactly why when the day comes for me to have my own talk show I'll either be fired within a month or be misjudged as a complete ahole.
I also don't want to make this some sociopolitical argument about the rights and wrongs of building ballparks with public money. It truly doesn't make a lot of sense. The only thing about the argument against it that bothers me is when someone says "Why should I build a stadium for millionaire players and billionaire owners?" It's an argument the shows more deep rooted jealousy that said person isn't a millionaire or billionaire. I also know that we don't make doctors build hospitals, teachers build schools or construction workers build homes. All right maybe scratch the last one.
But in any case let me reiterate- I don't fully think it makes sense to publicly finance these stadiums. There just HAS to be a better argument made against it.
With that said, Just play ball already!