It looks like economist Andrew Zimbalist has taken more than a little bit of umbrage over criticism from Field of Schemes blogger Neil DeMause regarding his NYT Op-Ed supporting Yankee Stadium II. The contretemps has now shifted over to Baseball Prospectus, and Futility Infielder Jay Jaffe has entered the fray. Yeah, it’s confusing, and we haven’t even gotten to the math yet. If you’re interested in revenue-sharing-subsidy-differentials and marginal-tax-rate-analysis, then this is the debate for you. In the event that you’re not an actuary, you may find your eyes spontaneously streaming blood. Who’s right? Far be it from us to doubt the man who teaches sports economics at a girl’s school. That takes some major league cojones. But, again—and because it seems like if we don’t beat this horse, no one else will—we wonder whether this debate is missing the point, namely that we’re about to destroy a national landmark and one of our greatest and most hallowed public spaces without seriously considering the consequences and alternatives. So maybe the argument shouldn’t just be about numbers.