November 7, 2005
Ellen Anderson, my new enemy
Let's see ... my list of enemies is growing. The "list" has always been topped by Phil Krinkie and John Marty, followed closely by Ron Abrams. New additions to my list have included Frank Hornstein, Ann Lenczewski, and Eric Paulsen. Now, thanks to this article in last week's Star Tribune, I must also add Sen. Ellen Anderson.
It seems Ms. Anderson is in favor of a special session to deal with heating costs and heating aid. That is certainly a noble cause and one I would also favor. However, towards the end of the article, she also had this to say:
Anderson said she doesn't want a special session that would have energy assistance as its primary purpose but would also produce hundreds of millions of dollars in stadium subsidies for privately owned teams.
"If that was the result, I think we'd all look really bad," she said ..."
Sigh. No, Ellen, I'll tell you what would make you look "really bad": waiting and waiting for a mythical "better deal" until stadium costs are so prohibitive that any savings you hoped to achieve are all eaten by inflation.
A new basebal stadium is inevtitable. We can either do it now and save ourselves a lot of money or do it later for probably 10 times as much.
Back in the late 80s/early 90s U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago was built completely with public money for $167 million. You know what? They look like the smart ones now given that any public investment for a stadium in Minnesota will probably be twice as much as that. Even if the Twins paid for half, the public investment on a new stadium would probably be around $250 million.
How in the world has this fight against stadium financing benefited Minnesota? This is what we fought for? The opportunity to get a "better deal" that will actully cost us way more than if we had just built the stupid thing back in 1995? Gee, thanks Ellen! Its a good thing I have you on my side!
And by the way, if you are wondering what it means to be on my list, well it means Ellen Anderson can look forward to a nasty letter and less than flattering commentary on this blog! Take that!
Posted by snackeru at November 7, 2005 12:46 PM | Stadiums
You're obviously closer to the situation than I am, but do you really believe that if the Twins move or are contracted, Minnesota will build a new ball park? I'm rather skeptical. I know the did it for hockey, but a hockey rink is cheaper than a baseball stadium, and Minnesota is the State of Hockey. My fear is that if major league baseball ever leaves Minnesota, it may never come back.
Posted by: Jeff at November 7, 2005 3:25 PM
Yes, Jeff, of course I have the same fear as you. But I sincerely doubt we would be without baseball for long. It is just a feeling, but I think most Twins fans would agree that MLB would try to put a team here again. I mean, we are the 14th largest TV market. Quite frankly, it may be the only way a new stadium will ever be built here.
But really, what do I know?
Posted by: Shane at November 8, 2005 9:06 AM