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Angels warned of riots in Oakland this weekend

Jul 8, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Major League Baseball called the Los Angeles Angels last week to warn them that there could be riots in Oakland during this weekend’s series against the Athletics.

The reason: a verdict is due at any time in a high-profile trial of an Oakland transit officer who is accused of shooting an unarmed man on a train
platform. If the guy is acquitted there is some fear that violence could break out.

I know zero about that trial or the public sentiment in Oakland, but I always find that it takes me a minute or two to process stories in which baseball and ugly real life come together.  On some level I operate on the phony assumption that baseball takes place in some virtual space.  Most likely because I experience baseball through video screens 99% of the time.

The fact that I’m currently reading a book that takes place in some virtual reality-infused dystopia version of the Bay Area probably isn’t helping matters.

  1. Michael - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    1. What’s the book?
    2. Is it good?

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan. It’s basically a cyberpunk hard boiled detective novel. Very, very good through 350 pages at least. I’ll let you know how good when I finish it this weekend.

  3. Calir - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Sounds civil.

  4. Infinite Wisdom - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    How would rioting look any different from an average day in Oakland?

  5. bipolarbear - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    If you are a cyberpunk writer is it mandatory you have “K.” between your first and last name?

  6. Joboo - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    More fire, less hipsters.

  7. Old Gator - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Nah. There’s no K in William Gibson, and he’s the sugardaddy of ‘em all.

  8. AncientPollyanna - Jul 9, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Uh… there would be a riot?

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