8:09 p.m., July 28
Hmmm. Lucchino Lauds Private Ballpark Financing
Hypocrisy, thy name is Larry Lucchino. A column in the Tuesday (July 13) Wall Street Journal lauds the Boston Red Sox for bringing fans to its 100-year-old stadium without taking "a dime of taxpayer money." The Red Sox have shown how disingenuous the argument for taxpayer-financed ballparks is, says the Journal. Then Lucchino, of all people, steps to the plate: "We knew the perils of asking for public money," quoth he. (He is chief executive of the Red Sox.) Lucchino explained that fans "get annoyed when teams ask taxpayers to build a stadium, and then raise ticket and concession prices on the very people who paid for it," says the Journal. Amen. The column does not mention that Lucchino wangled an enormous taxpayer subsidy for the building of Camden Yards in Baltimore, then engineered the stripping of $300 million from San Diego taxpayers for Petco Park.