Tuesday, March 20, 2007
A Victory For Tradition
In the glory days of baseball fans attended games at Crosley Field , Shibe Park, and the Polo Grounds. Today fans head to PETCO Park and Safeco Field. There are only a few parks with classic names left - Wrigley, Fenway, and Yankee Stadium. The White Sox had played in two buildings known as Comiskey Park since 1910. I guess money was a little tight a few years ago and the name was changed to US Cellular Field. The White Sox did more than change a few signs when they changed the name of the ballpark, they lost part of their history. Charles Comiskey was the Sox greedy owner from 1900 - 1931. Under his ownership the first Comiskey Park was built on Chicago's South Side. His penny pinching also caused baseball's greatest scandal - the 1919 Black Sox. Eight players of the American League champion Sox were paid by gamblers to throw the World Series and when they were caught were banned from baseball. Perhaps Charles Comiskey would have been happy with the White Sox profiteering but it disgusted baseball fans.
Yesterday, tradition beat out profits!
The Rangers announced that their agreement with Ameriquest Mortgage was ending. The team will now take the field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers will lose the $2.5 million Ameriquest was paying to have its name on the ballpark each season but, in this fans opinion that's a small price to pay. I can't wait to get to Rangers Ballpark.
In my neck of the woods, the Minnesota Twins are working very hard to stay on track to open a new ballpark in downtown Minneapolis for the 2010 season. I am not nieve enough to think the naming rights to the new stadium will not be available to the highest bidder. Following the death of Kirby Puckett last year there was some talk about naming the new build Kirby Puckett Ballpark in memory of the Puck but this quickly faded. Minnesota does have an opportunity to make some money on the naming rights while still giving a nod to tradition. The Twins new park should be called Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Ballpark. (Tip of the hat to anyone who knew that's what 3M stands for.) 3M will give the Twins big bucks to put their name on the stadium and the elongated name would pay tribute to the industries that built this state.
Please Twins, anything but Best Buy Park!