Major League Baseball Commissioner, Rob Manfred, hit a chutzpah home run during his recent visit to Toronto. He had the gall to suggest that the Toronto Blue Jays should get taxpayer dollars to renovate the SkyDome.
The Blue Jays — the team that led the American League in attendance last year and that sells tons of swag and is owned by a multi-billion dollar conglomerate — need taxpayer money?
How about, “No, Commissioner!”
Rogers Communications already received the taxpayer-funded gift of the century when the cable barons acquired SkyDome some 14 years ago.
On top of this, he wants the Sky Dome-Centre reconfigured to include “millennial spaces.” I have no idea what those are but I’m dead-set against it.
This will be a big test for Toronto’s Spine-Challenged Mayor John Tory.
Toronto needs new subways and infrastructure while the Blue Jays are one of the richest teams in baseball.
Will Tory summon up the testicular fortitude to tell Manfred to stuff it or will he back up his big buck corporate buddies?