October 18, 2005

Another Cold Omaha?

The Twins' stadium plans, for the 8th year in a row, appear dead, and like clockwork, Sid Hartman has written his obligatory, sky-is-falling column on the Twins' imminent depature. This time he even got Gov. Tim Pawlenty to play along.

Please. As City Pages meticulously pointed out last year, Sid has already written this column 15 other times, and been just as wrong on each and every try.

The Twins aren't leaving. For one thing, they have no where to go. There is no viable market with a stable stadium situation anywhere in North America that could receive them for 81 home dates. For another, if you think Major League Baseball has their shit together enough to actually force the relocation of the Twins, you're living in a fantasy world. It took them three years to move the Expos to DC- and MLB OWNS that team.

I want as much as anyone the Twins to finally move outdoors, and stay in Minnesota in perpetuity. But that doesn't mean we have to pretend the world's going to end just because of the latest legislative session. Will a stadium someday be built? Probably. Will Sid Hartman or Carl Pohlad be alive to see it? I'm guessing not.

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 18, 2005 03:47 AM

I'm starting to buy Sid's arugment. I know, I know... But I'm buying that Las Vegas might have major league baseball.

Tim Pawlenty is one of the worst governors in the history of Minnesota.

Posted by: Jeff S at October 18, 2005 04:27 PM

In an interesting move timing wise, the Twins sued the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission today seeking a declaration that they have a year to year lease at the Metrodome and that they can terminate that lease whenever they want. Many are speculating that this was a move to put pressure on the state legislature to build a stadium several days after Pawlenty announced there would be no special session to address issues such as a new stadium.

Posted by: Matt at October 18, 2005 11:42 PM

Very true! Makes a change to see smoeone spell it out like that. :)

Posted by: Jaylan at June 22, 2011 09:45 AM
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