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Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on the Oakland A’s situation

Jul 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York Reuters

Well, it was the quote of yesterday, which came during his press conference, but I don’t expect many quotes from anyone today, so this will do.

Here’s Bud Selig, when asked about the status of the committee which is alleged to be hard at work studying the future of the A’s and the viability of them moving to San Jose:

“I said this a year ago, it is a complex situation, very complex. They have spent a lot of time on this, an enormous amount of time – and are still spending an enormous amount of time. And as I told both clubs, this is another situation where it’s better to get something done right than get it done any faster.”

This process has now taken over half the time it took the Manhattan Project to do its work, and as evidenced by that quote, it has at least twice the military-style doublespeak going for it.

But I agree, let us not act too hastily lest lives and crap be endangered.

  1. jimbo1949 - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Translation: I’m kickin’ this sucker down the road for the next guy to handle.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    That’s a pretty lame analogy. The Manhattan Project was overseen by geniuses. The Oakland relocation committee is being overseen by a drooling imbecile. Bit of a difference.

    • Chris St. John - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      Not sure you can exactly call them geniuses: http://xkcd.com/809/

      • Old Gator - Jul 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

        Well, let’s put it this way: they were smart enough to get it done. Next analogy?

    • uyf1950 - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Very nice. That deserves a thumbs up.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:07 PM

        Apparently at least 20 people disagree with your “thumbs up” assertion—for whatever reason.

  3. scatterbrian - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Suck it, Selig.

  4. APBA Guy - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Selig’s quote tells me nothing, which is why he’s worth $17M a year to the owners. The situation in Oakland continues to deteriorate with respect to fan support and the product on the field. Yet Air Bud and Wolff/Fisher are ok with that, evidently. Sad.

  5. scatterbrian - Jul 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Is there another fan-base besides Oakland’s that cheers “Let’s go (city)!” rather than “Let’s go (mascot)!”

    If not, that’s pretty telling of what this situation has done to A’s fans. Eschewing the mascot makes it fans vs. front office.

    • Loren - Jul 13, 2011 at 6:31 PM

      I think that’s more about the more rhythmic “Let’s Go Oak-Land” over the more staccato “Let’s Go A’s”.
      There’s at least a 90% chance I misused “rhythmic” and “staccato” there, but “Let’s Go Oakland” just sounds better as a stadium cheer.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 13, 2011 at 7:06 PM

        It used to be “Let’s Go A’s” and I always loved that, as clapping and stomping accompanied it. “Let’s Go Oak-Land” is droning.

        Still, does any other fan-base root for city over mascot?

  6. dogsweat1 - Jul 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    A’s fans in Oakland = 3 persons.

    Time to move on.

    Portland would support.

    • reospeedwagon916 - Jul 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM

      Love these replies. Where are they going to play in Portland? Who is going to pay for your stadium? Ah, stuck in the same boat.

  7. nomoreseasontix - Jul 13, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    The a’s ownership has degraded the product while complaining that there is no fan support. When there was a watchable team and owners that cared about the product, attendance was not an issue. Driving fans away to bolster their claim of income issues in Oakland maybe?
    Nah… That’d be pretty slimy.

  8. capsboy - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    “This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder’s head. Fortunately, I’m adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug regimen to keep my mind, you know, uh, limber.”

    • schrutebeetfarms - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      Lol. well said dude.

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