Monday, September 28, 2009

Cubs and Mesa: A History

Hat tip to Keep the Cubs for pointing out a really interesting article about the Cubs and their history in Mesa from over the weekend. It's hard to believe that the Cubs first arrived in Mesa in 1952.

They left for Florida for 14 years in the late 60's and early 70's before returning to Mesa to play in the first Hohokam. Now, 30 years after the Cubs return, Mesa is trying to make sure that we don't lose them again. Any new facility in Mesa would be the fourth stadium for them in about 60 years. When you judge how much has changed in that time (especially in Spring Training across the valley), it doesn't seem too out of line for the Valley's preeminent team.

It would be nice to think that the tradition of playing Mesa would be enough to keep the Cubs here and they would be willing to wait for better times to get a new stadium. The cold reality is, they are probably not all that likely to be willing to wait. They are currently one of the "have nots" in a league that absolutely needs them more than they need the league. Team Mesa better have a good plan, because they are going to need it.

1 comment:

Heath Reed said...

Good post. The history is important, but just like the Dodgers, they can pick up and leave all of that history for a new stadium. Thing is, Mesa can’t give them a stadium within the next 5 years by themselves. But I do think they can upgrade the practice fields, facilities etc. They have their work cut out for them and hopefully they can convince the cubs to stay and give them some time to get the funding to build a new stadium.