3/2 Four teams boycott Cactus League event
The annual Cactus League breakfast was created for the Major League teams based in Arizona to kickoff the season on a positive note. On Tuesday, four teams boycotted the event in protest of the proposed surcharge on Cactus League tickets to help pay for the Cubs’ new stadium. The Dodgers, White Sox, Reds and Angels did not send a representative to the breakfast, held in Mesa.
General managers from the big league teams are invited to the breakfast, and this year, only two attended, and one was Cubs GM Jim Hendry. Other teams took a different route. The Brewers, for example, sent a member of their radio broadcast team.
Cactus League teams have made it clear to the Cubs that they want the team to stay in Arizona. But the surcharge, proposed by Arizona legislators, is another matter. The Cubs have narrowed the list of possible sites in Mesa to three, all off the Loop 202 freeway, and east of the current location. The Cubs begin the 32nd consecutive season on Thursday, playing host to Oakland at HoHoKam Park.
— Carrie Muskat