County leader tells D-Backs: 'Take your stupid team and get out'

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Negotiations over the lease of Chase Field between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County is getting personal. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Negotiations over the lease of Chase Field between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County is getting personal. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
County Supervisor Andy Kunasek had some choice words for the D-backs management. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) County Supervisor Andy Kunasek had some choice words for the D-backs management. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
The D-backs want $65 million from the county for stadium improvements. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The D-backs want $65 million from the county for stadium improvements. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The fight between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County is getting uglier.

County Supervisor Andy Kunasek recently told team president and CEO Derrick Hall, "If it were up to me, I'd let you take your stupid team and get out."

He then added, "If it were up to me, take it all and go to (expletive) West Virginia or wherever."

The face-to-face argument took place just outside Chase Field in Phoenix, according to a May 3 letter from the Diamondbacks to the county.

And it comes as the county has so far rejected the team's request for $65 million in stadium upgrades.

[READ MORE: Diamondbacks want upgrades to ballpark or threaten to sue]

Kunasek, the former chairman of the board, does not dispute Hall’s letter and says he regrets not what he said but how he said it.

"I probably chose some words or used some words that I wouldn't be proud of or use in front of my own kids," he said.

Still, the team has suggested they may leave Phoenix if they can't get the improvements they want to the stadium.

[READ MORE: Maricopa County, D-Backs heading for legal showdown over Chase Field?]

Following the major league blow up with Kunasek, Hall fired off a letter to the county.

"I will assume, based upon your comments, there is no interest on behalf of either the City of Phoenix or Maricopa County in furthering the past partnership between the Diamondbacks and those respective governmental entities," Hall wrote.

Lawyers for the sports franchise did not comment, saying they'd rather let the record speak for itself. 

[READ MORE: Tour of Chase Field reveals only minor maintenance issues]

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