Does Hoboken need a field of dreams? City Council woman Beth Mason thinks so and has come out in favor of a minor league baseball stadium in the northwest corner. When first announced, it appeared to be nothing but a fanciful idea to perhaps drive attention to the last undeveloped part of town in the quiet political season of summer after an election.
But the practicalities of such an idea never seemed feasible. Althought da horsey does love baseball both for its majesty as a game and its historical ties to American and Hoboken culture, there are several aspects to the idea that are far less than appealing.
But first, let’s deal with the practical. Councilwoman Mason is highlighting a meeting this week on this area. Will this be part of a more detailed plan on said idea? We’re not sure and rather than speculate or seek to answer it, we think it’s best to communicate the meeting and let folks attend, listen and offer their own perspectives:
Quality of Life Coalition
will host a community meeting
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
St. Matthews Parish Hall
8th & Hudson (entrance on 8th Street)
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Councilwoman Beth Mason
A Concept Plan for Hoboken’s
Currently, there are three minor league teams already nearby: Newark’s Bears who once hosted Jose Canseco in his major league failed comeback bid along with two major league A Ball minor league affiliates for the Mets and Yankees in Coney Island and Staten Island respectively.
Although we love baseball, and yes that is a picture of Johnny Damon taken at Yankee Stadium yesterday, we wonder if it makes any sense to build it in the hope that they “will come” to Hoboken’s Field of Dreams. With the area already saturated with minor league baseball these days, does it even make economic sense? And that doesn’t even begin to address the local logistical and practical concerns. The questions are so numerous at this point, the idea seemed just pie in the sky. For one, how would Hoboken find a team willing to come here anyway? That would cost a lot of coin. Coin that we certainly don’t have, not to mention has anyone gotten a look at the new digs at the hospital? We’re afraid of the red ink that may be bleeding and the bill presented to us at some future unknown date.
Ah but the romance of baseball and summer. It’s so delicious. Perhaps this community meeting will tell us more.
Sidebar: Councilwoman Mason has released another statement regarding assistance to the emergency services workers, who apparently number in the dozens. Yesterday’s call led to people bringing water, gatorade and ice at the 11th & 12th St. entrance along Sinatra Drive. As it was the hottest and most humid day this year, at least 60 aid workers appreciated it. The statement asks for Hobokenites to continue this support.
A big horsey nod to all the fine people in our community who are acting on this need.
Complete background and update at Hoboken Now: http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2009/08/hoboken_community_meeting_to_d.html