Illinois Congressman and Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich and several of his congressional colleagues have leveled a number of harsh allegations regarding the combined private and public funding appropriations for the new Yankee stadium, aka the House that a Great Deal of Money Built. Among the accusations, that the Yankees and perhaps the City of New York "revalued" the project in such a way as to trick the IRS. Apparently money was involved. Who knew?
Oh, and in dire straits for a $366M television screen, it has been suggested that they passed the cost of said Sony along to the taxpayers in a manner that was less than transparent. Less than transparent? How the heck does one move $366M less than transparently? Can somebody enlighten me? Won't somebody share? Does it work the same for say- $10K? Or $20K?
The City and the Yankees insist if you look closely enough, everything is copasetic. And really, who am I to judge?
And yet, I still feel just a little bit sad. After closing out the century in 2000 with a Championship, New York has relinquished it's AL East dominance and is without a ring in the new Millenium. An inability to translate minor league talent into productive ball players has left them scrambling. Aging players and diminishing talent has left them a bit scuffed. A bit tattered one could say if one were to judge by the standards that the Yankees themselves have set. It would seem an era is ending; the greatest franchise in baseball history is evolving.Sure they'll be back but when?
A guy was telling me a great many old time Yankees will march in a procession from the old ballpark to the new. They'll be honored, no doubt with a terrific ceremony on the new field and then they'll be gone. Their old bones won't stand the rigor of a single inning. And all that will be left is the newest Cashman concoction fighting in the toughest division in the AL. Be still mighty warrior, the darkness falls on thee. Times that are hard indeed.
So this stadium thing is probably, and I say this from the heart, overkill. It's a little like throwing dirt on a grave. There are times when we need to have a collective conscience. I propose we forget about it. Consider it a debt forgiven. You cooked the books and didn't invite us to dinner. We'll give ya a mulligan.
I know. I know. I hear the outcry from the masses. And yes, it's possible that the new Yankee Stadium cost taxpayers a few bucks. But I say screw it!
If we can bail out a huge bank that I i've never set foot in with a Gazillion dollars of taxpayer money, we can help Hank. If we can bail out a brokerage firm that I'd have no reason to visit with two Gazillion dollars of taxpayer money, we can drop a few bucks on the Yankees.
It just somehow seems right. This is America. We protect our institutions.
And let's not get distracted. Just today, I hear they want to send another Gazillion dollars to Detroit but I say the heck with the Tigers. I know somebody in Washington gets paid to print the money, so get him working and make us some for Yankee Stadium. I really don't hardly think we'd notice. Do you?