Congressman Raul Grijalva makes the #1 spot on Arizona Daily Star sports columnist Greg Hansen’s top sports villains in Tucson History.
Editor’s note: This summer, Star columnist Greg Hansen is counting down the top 10 of just about everything related to Tucson sports.
Today’s list: the top 10 sports villains in Tucson history.
When the politicians debated where to build a spring training facility for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox… Raul Grijalva… insisted on an Ajo Way and South Country Club site and fought against a stadium near Interstate 10 downtown.
“We are potentially setting up a jewel,” Grijalva said on May 31, 1996. “It’s a place that will automatically attract people, whether it’s for services or entertainment. We’re establishing the magnet and the interest.”
That interest was never developed. The Kino Sports Complex was not a jewel but an out-of-the-way bust. Tucson no longer has spring training or minor-league baseball.