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The Ballpark In Arlington
Jim Hightower, noting that the Texas Rangers baseball team is owned by George W. Bush, son of the ex-president. Like daddy, George W. was born on third, but thinks he hit a triple. So we ought not be surprised that -- in grabbing for the common touch -- he would fall for a Yuppiesque, Republicanesque name like "The Ballpark in Arlington." Is this a place for baseball . . . or polo? Now, they're actually building what promises to be a fine ballpark -- only to drape it with a moniker that actually caused Rangers fans to Boo-a-Blue-Streak when it was announced at a game this year. Well, I'm with them! Great ballparks have names like "Wrigley Field," and "Fenway Park," Even Atlanta's ballfield has a better name: "Fulton County Stadium." Now that's got a straightforward, working-class honesty to it. And, since taxpayers are picking up some of the tab for Bush's new toy, maybe he should just name it "The Dallas/Fort Worth-Metroplex Bond Issue." But, no, we get "The Ballpark in Arlington." It'll probably serve Grey Poupon on the hotdogs, and baked brie instead of nachos. And instead of "Hey, getchya col' beer!" It'll be: "I've got your Chardonnays, your Cabernet Sauvignons." This is Jim Hightower saying . . . Bush the younger is even planning to run for governor in Texas next year. Now don't you just know that his bumpersticker will simply say: "The Candidate for Governor," Strike Three, George! Get outta here.
Austin American-Statesman - August 6, 1992 Austin American-Statesman - October 5, 1993