Election time is nearing and the Cubs are making their best effort to convince the people of Mesa, Arizona that Proposition 420 is something that would make their lives better.
According to Carrie Muskat:
Tom is bringing out the big guns by bringing the always engaging Ernie Banks to whip up support. How will he get the people of Arizona, 10% of whom are unemployed, to vote for such a large allocation of money?
Banks, a Hall of Famer who played for the team from 1953-71, said he recalled riding a train to the Cubs' Spring Training facility in Mesa in '53 but missed his stop. The team's traveling secretary, Bob Lewis, was waiting at the depot for Banks and when the train went by with the shortstop still on it, he chased it down with his car.
Ernie: When I trained here, this area was all nothing but cactuses as far as the eye could see. Or is it cacti? I forget.
Tom: I think it's cacti, but that doesn't matter today. What does matter is how important Proposition 420 is to the community of Mesa, right Ernie?
Tom: I'm fairly certain it is cacti. I am as certain as I am that Proposition 420 is good for the city of Mesa, for the fans that bring in all the tourist dollars that make your community thrive, and for the Chicago Cubs!
Ernie: Heh heh heh, that's right. I'm pretty sure this is the spot. I remember because we spun him around a few times and I pointed him in the direction of that mountain over there so he wouldn't know what direction was what. You should have seen him when he got back to camp. He looked like a lobster!
Tom: Yes. Well. Don't forget to vote YES on Proposition 420 on November 2nd!
Ernie: He was a good sport, but he did get us back by putting cactuses in our beds one night. Yeah, that sounds better.
Ernie: The Cubs will be heaven in 2011! Let's play two!
Tom: Let's go, Ernie.