We wonder what George is thinking. A couple of weeks ago, as we reported here, he was all set to present his plans for Yankee Stadium Deux to the public. What a show it would have been. Neat-o architectural models, press everywhere, a smiling Derek Jeter locked in arm with Mr. Torre. But it was not to be. Politics intervened. Bloomie was having problems with his Green Giant, and Big Stein”s advisors (ie, former Guiliani aide Randy Levine) knew better than to upstage His Honor. And now look what’s happened: the hated Mets are the new stadium darlings, and—insult to injury—they’ve even stolen his architects. Worse still, the Yanks are playing like those boys from Queens.
There is, of course, a silver lining for George. Whatever the Mets get from the public till, you can be sure he’s going to draw as well (and then some). And of course it’s always nice to have attention diverted when you’re doing something dirty. Like, say, sacrificing one of America’s great public spaces for a few extra bucks. As we’ve noted here, and repeatedly, a new Yankee Stadium is a bad idea. It will have fewer seats, they will be more expensive, and they will be further from the action in a place with no history. And the public is going to pay through the nose for it. Some $300 million. Sounds like a debacle, right? Yep. But don’t tell Richard Sandomir. The Times, as we’ve reported ad nauseum in our ballparks thread, continues to misrepresent this project.