For the record, baseball is absolutely king in my family. I played baseball for about fourteen years, my family catches both professional and little league games every summer, and my family built and designed a little league complex in Isanti, MN that was voted the #1 little league field in the state.
Yeah, it’s kind of king in my family.
That being said, the Twins are doing awful this year. So, I’m going to find some meaning in it.
I can understand the obsession of sports: people love a specific game, they buy into it more and more, all of their buddies are doing the same. It’s quite the economy. But, even sitting as a fan of baseball, a lover of the sport, I can’t help but feel sports obsession is kind of ridiculous.
I say that while putting my opinion on the line: the fields in Isanti were to the benefit of the community, more than the obsession of the game. That’s what we hoped and strode for when the design was being implemented. In my mind, it’s fine to love something as long as you help further that thing, with benefits of the community in mind.
That’s why, I think, I’ll never see eye to eye with diehard fans. In my experience, diehards obsess despite the community, not with it in mind. So, when the Twins do horrible, I may still love the sport, but admittedly have to evaluate my judgement of the necessity of five new stadiums in the Twin Cities in twenty five years.
After all, is it worth it to build a Vikings stadium while schools close? Is it worth spending millions on a new soccer stadium in Midway despite the poor city planning and probable displacement of individuals who live and work in the area? That’s a complicated issue. Maybe one too large for me to answer here.
But, the conversation needs to be had seriously and honestly with the public involved, rather than a Ziggy Wilf mustache away from a stadium.