Naples' “Field of Dreams” will be addressed on January 26th, when Gary Price of Naples City Council, and the Fifth Avenue Advisors, and David Moulton of ESPN radio will speak at this newsmakers lunch.
The question of whether the Chicago Cubs will come to Naples in 2011 for spring training is on the agenda. This hot topic has been tossed around in the news for months, and Price has been extremely instrumental in trying to persuade the Cubs to make Naples their second home. Moulton, a frequent sports writer at the NDN, has past experience as Sports Anchor for ABC 7 and is currently co-host of “Miller and Moulton in the Afternoon”.
Naples' economy could benefit greatly from this move. Insiders claim that Mesa, Arizona has a yearly gain of $32 million from the team’s presence, and the state economy benefits to the tune of $51 million annually.
The discussion will be ably moderated by Dorothy Jane Mills, of the Society for American Baseball Research, whose fast ball questions will address: how the idea got started in Naples; what exactly is involved in such a move; and what are the effects on the community.
A baseball theme is planned for the luncheon including sliders, hot dogs, peanuts, pennants and waiters wearing baseball caps.
Take yourself out to the ball game on January 26th at the Doubletree Guest Suites Naples, on Rt.41 just north of Immokalee Road, 12200 North Tamiami Trail. Game time for this home-run event is 11:30 am and the price is $30. Payment on line is preferred—-fast and no curves.
Or, reserve via RSVP@naplespressclub.org, with name and number of seats.
Photo by Bernard Jefferson. You may also click here to view the photo via flickr.