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Illinois legislator wants the White Sox out of Arizona

May 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

Arizona outline.jpgAn Illinois legislator is calling for the Chicago White Sox to move
their spring training camp out of Arizona because he objects to Arizona’s new immigration law. The lawmaker — Martin Sandoval — says that it encourages racial profiling and that he doesn’t want to keep spending taxpayers’ money on a team that continues
doing business in Arizona.

Politicians grandstanding on such issues is pretty par for the course, so I’ll no more criticize an out-of-state legislator from taking this position than I would criticize the cat for eating my potted lillies. It’s annoying but inevitable and ultimately unstoppable so it’s best to just ignore it.

But the White Sox’ response is interesting:

“We feel it would be inappropriate for the Chicago White Sox to comment
independently on a national, major league-wide issue, one which would
impact more than just the White Sox,” team spokesman Scott Reifert said.
“Obviously, we enjoy a wonderful partnership with the city of
Glendale.”

And it is a major league-wide issue. Which Bud Selig and Major League Baseball seems not to want acknowledge whatsoever. Which is fine in the abstract, but not fine given that its most important constituencies — the players’ union and the individual teams — are (a) taking positions on it; and (b) getting beat up about it.

And the longer major league baseball waits to make some official statement
on the Arizona immigration law, the more we’ll see of this sort of
thing.

  1. Joey B - May 6, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    “Monies? Stolen from illegals? Yeah, well, I’m going to bet that the confusion of prepositions in your illiterate scrawl merely reflects the more generalized confusion in your alleged mind. Sounds to me like someone switched the road signs around between your cerebral hemispheres – probably coyotes, looking to confuse the border patrol.”
    Again, there are two choices in any debate.
    1-Rebut the argument by showing data that perhaps the fact that they work cheap, and won’t collect SS that theoretically is deducted and submitted, offsetting what they take in medical benefits and schooling.
    2-Insult the opponent and hope to shout him down.
    If you are engaged in the latter at the expense of the former, you are part of the problem.

  2. Ross - May 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    The Cell is ultimately owned by the State of Illinois but Wrigley isn’t.

  3. Ross - May 6, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Hopefully not double-posting, as my last one ran into UTF-8 errors.
    Further explanation:
    .
    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/politics-and-government/2010-05-05/state-senators-next-target-white-sox-spring-training-home.ht
    .
    Sandoval made no request of the Chicago Cubs, who also train in Arizona, because the Cubs do not play in a state-subsidized stadium, he said.
    .
    “The White Sox are a tenant of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority,” Sandoval said in a letter to White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. “The state-owned authority owns U.S. Cellular Field. Thus, I believe you have a special relationship with the state of Illinois and expect you to exercise leadership commensurate with that special relationship.”

  4. Mike - May 6, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    No one even questions on just why the hell taxpayers are forced to subsidized sports stadium?

  5. Ross - May 6, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Yes, some of us do, but it seems to be “standard accepted practice” in any city/state that has even a semi-pro sports team, or even towns that are trying to get one.

  6. Old Gator - May 6, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Nope. And if you don’t already know you got it wrong, then don’t waste your time on the rest of this post. I made it clear enough that one evaluates whether the joke plays on a situation by situation basis so that anyone with a dram of intellectual honesty who wanted to read my answer for what it actually said, rather than just go on lamely trying to make the original point I refuted by trying to put words into my…um…keyboard, could have figured it out.

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