Focus Point - Baseball in BrooklynCommentary by Pete du Pont
July 12, 2001
I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. Baseball is back in Brooklyn.
Until 1957, even those who weren't dodgers' fans knew God was in his heaven, baseball was the only American past time, and the dodgers were in Brooklyn. Dem bums and Ebbets Field were part of the national myth. The universe went slightly out of alignment when the team moved to L.A., and in Brooklyn itself, fans never recovered and never forgave. The owner who moved them, Walter O'Malley, was once ranked by Brooklynites as one of the ten worst men in history - right behind Hitler and Stalin.
But now, Brooklyn has the Cyclones. It's only single-a ball, the Coney Island stadium only holds 6,500, but the famous cyclone roller coaster is visible over the left field wall, you can buy a Nathan's famous hot dog, and the Cyclones took their opener, tying with a two-out, bottom of the 9th rally and winning it in the 10th. What could be better than that?
Please, somebody, just take me out to the ballgame.
Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas - and minor league baseball - can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont. Next time, car phone laws.