Man, I want a local politician in my pocket. I mean, they’re just so handy. Let’s say you’re the owner of a major-league baseball team – or if major-league is too rich for your blood, lets say the Kansas City Royals. With your Pocket Pol Pal, you can get on the good side of fans by committing not to leave town – and still rest easy that someone will be there to rattle the move threat saber on your behalf.
The latest to carry out this tradition: Jackson County Executive Katheryn Shields, who told the K.C. Star on Monday that Kansas City could lose the Royals or Chiefs to another city if it doesn’t upgrade or replace the teams’ current stadiums, as required in their leases. And though both Chiefs and Royals execs have insisted that they plan to remain in town regardless, Shields added that “I think if there is a move it is more of a distance than” across the river in Kansas. Number of calls that Star reporters placed to the local sports franchises to see if they would stand behind Shields’ threats: zero.