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Quote of the Day: Happy two-year anniversary Oakland A’s/San Jose committee!

Mar 30, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT


Has it been two years since Bud Selig convened the commission to study the viability of the A’s moving to San Jose already? My, how time flies!

But yes, the San Jose Mercury News — which is the only entity on the planet that wants the A’s in San Jose more than Lew Wolff does — marks the occasion with a little Q&A about the status of the committee’s ongoing work.  At the outset, though, the Merc quotes San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, who assesses the matter fairly succinctly:

“We’re in the same place today that we were in two years ago, waiting for Bud Selig to make up his mind. A snail could have made it from Oakland to San Jose in two years.”

See, that is exactly the kind of unhelpful bluster we don’t need here!  As a matter of fact — and the Mayor of San Jose is clearly not a fan of facts — a snail travels at approximately 0.000362005 miles per hour (yes, I looked it up). Assuming the snail takes I-880 from the Oakland Coliseum to downtown San Jose, it’s a 35.2 mile trip. Assuming the snail never sleeps — which is hardly fair to the snail — it would thus take that snail 11.1 years to make the trip about which the Honorable Chuck Reed is complaining. Indeed, the snail would not yet even be to the Farnsworth Street exit in San Leanardo.

Slow and steady, Bud.  Stay … the … course

  1. Concretepiggy - Mar 30, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Almost there…stay on target…alllmost there…Stay on target…almost theeeere…

    • scatterbrian - Mar 30, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      Oh great, so we should expect a misfire on the first run?

  2. thinman61 - Mar 30, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    The snail hitched a ride on a beer truck. It’s been hanging out at Gordon Biersch, waiting for Bud and his committee to get with the program and finally show up.

    • spudchukar - Mar 30, 2011 at 6:53 PM

      Before the ride on the sudsmobile, he was picked up by a hot young snail in a sportscar with a big, bright “S”, painted on the side. Should have seen that S-Car-Go.

  3. APBA Guy - Mar 30, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    “…only for the committee to report that the matter requires more study…”

  4. simon94022 - Mar 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    The Committee is window dressing. Selig is the decision-maker, and he won’t approve any move to San Jose except as part of a deal that makes the Giants happy and richer. Look at how the Washington situation played out, and that one didn’t even involve territorial rights, which can only be changed through amendment of the MLB Constitutions.

    The problem here is that there’s no big new revenue stream coming in to give the Giants an Angelos-style payoff and make this a win-win for everybody. Unlike Washington, San Jose isn’t offering much, just land where the A’s would have to build their own ballpark. And it’s far from certain that SJ voters will even approve that. Meanwhile unlike Montreal, Oakland isn’t completely hopeless.

    So it makes sense for Selig to keep delaying until there’s a satisfactory deal on the table from some city. And because of the payoff required, San Jose will have to lock down a far more lucrative deal than anyone else. If MLB thought the current SJ plan was attractive, Selig would have given the green light by now.

  5. superpriebe - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Craig, you really missed the boat for an 80’s movie reference here (and we all know how you love making those). A free bowl of beans to the first person who thinks they know what I’m referring to….will check back tomorrow…

  6. xcmiler - Mar 30, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Cool. You Googled how fast a snail moves but you couldn’t use Google Maps to realize there is no such place called San Leanardo. It’s San Leandro.

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