Jan 28, 2013

Reap the rewards with no effort? Really, Tampa Bay?

by Aaron Giddens

The "'No.' Guy" meme
So I was reading this article by Joe Henderson of TBO.com this afternoon, and mid-way through it I dismissed the article and went down to the comment section. I read the typical "Don't make the tax payers pay one cent for a new stadium" comments.

This aggravates the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out of me. You really want to reap all the rewards that comes with having a Major League Baseball team in your area without putting any effort/money in to help that team succeed? Really?

You really want to reap the rewards like economy boosters to small businesses in the area with no money put in to the team? I mean the team already suffers from the worst average attendance in MLB which often costs us fan favorites. Now when they want help from you to get in a better location to help attendance and help keep those fan favorites you turn you nose up and and say "No."

Now please don't misunderstand me, I know people are hurting for money. I know the tax payers can't afford to pay 100% of the bill. Heck, we can't pay half (and we shouldn't). But to expect to reap the benefits of a team without putting no tax payer money in to help is incomprehensible. It just strikes me as selfish and stingy.

If this attitude persists, we can kiss the team goodbye. It's as simple as that. We're not New York, we don't have hundreds of wealthy people nearby who love baseball and will help pay for a stadium. It's just that simple. If you want the team, be ready to put some tax payer money in to it.

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