Says Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney: "We've enjoyed our time in Mesa, and they've done a good job for us here. But the question is, if anybody's been to Goodyear or (Camelback Ranch) Glendale, we no longer have a facility commensurate with the type of team we have. Whether it's TV ratings, attendance, revenue, we are, with a degree of humility, the leader in the Valley."
With the same degree of humility, I suggest Mr. Kenney takes his demand and sticks it where the sun doesn't shine. It's not often I agree with the comments on AZ Central.com, but this one is dead right; "The time is NOW to pass a law prohibiting the use of public funds for teams wishing to switch cities... Enough is enough with these teams playing cities against each other in Arizona."
The Diamondbacks made it clear they have absolutely no expectation of a penny of public funds being used for the new complex they want - which is just the way it should be. The Cubs should expect not a penny either, especially in the current economic climate. Find private funds or pay for it yourself, Mr. Kenney, rather than making threats in the media.
And with impeccable timing, the same day's paper also reports Recession hitting spring training in Mesa. Kevin Thorpe, general manager of the Dobson Ranch Inn said "The leisure travel is really off. This is probably the worst I've seen it," he said, during his 24 years at the hotel. Not the time for anyone to be making demands on municipal funding. If it's such a boon to local businesses, let them pay for the upgrade. Simple as that.