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Lew Wolff is pretty brave

Jan 27, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

Lew Wolff

The A’s fan base is not exactly a happy one. The best players are being shipped off. Again. Costs are being cut. Division rivals are spending like there’s no tomorrow. The owner has behaved as though the very act of playing baseball in Oakland these past few years and for the next few is some sort of personal affront. And then the “Moneyball” movie is out there, taunting everyone with memories of when the team used to, you know, win.

And into that mix team owner Lew Wolff will wade this Sunday as he meets the fans at the team’s first Fan Fest thing in years:

Wolff is making himself available to fans at the Coliseum on Sunday as part of the team’s resurrected fan fest, which was skipped the past three years. Fans can meet the managing general partner one on one to “discuss a variety of topics in an intimate setting,” according to an A’s news release.

Probably has to be intimate to keep mobs from forming.

  1. cur68 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    This has the potential of being just like you Craig, meeting Frenchy. They’ll go there prepared to hate on the guy, discover he’s really, really nice, then be all conflicted about it.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Oakland has the 3rd highest crime rate of any city in the US. On a scale of 1-100, with 100 being the safest, Oakland ranks 4 on the “Oh-shitometer”.

    Lew Wolff is extremely *&^%# brave.

  3. APBA Guy - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    I don’t think Lew is in any danger of being a real crime victim, Jonny, but I think he’s not necessarily safe from most of the A’s fans, who, at this point, are going to pick up their calculators to figure out how he arrived at the A’s “profit” of $ 360k in 2011 with a revenue sharing payout of $ 32M and attendance of 1.5M. The payroll ended at about $63M, so you do the math. Somebody was paying them self very, very well and calling that a salary, not a profit participation, for publicity reasons.

    But from all accounts he is a decent guy. The real frustration isn’t what he wants to do. It’s his ineffective, apparently, way of doing it. And the fact that he’s personally pulling a lot of cash out of the team, apparently, at a time when the the team sucks monkeys and ticket prices remain absurdly high versus the quality of the product.

    That ol’ value problem that pops up when a recession hit area like East Bay goes to thinking on how they’ll be spending their increasingly diminishing entertainment dollars. “Let’s see, I can spend $ 20 for 2 on a matinee of Kate Beckinsale in a tight leather suit or $ 100 to see a bunch of guys kick a ball around while another bunch of guys-not named Athletics- beats that same ball to death with a bat.” Many are opting for Kate Beckinsale.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Kate Beckinsale in tight leather is always a solid option.

    • cur68 - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      You had me at “Kate Beckinsale in a tight leather suit”.

      • Old Gator - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Kate Beckinsale in a beaver merkin.

  4. drunkenhooliganism - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    He can spend ten to fifteen minutes with each fan and still be out of there in 90 minutes

  5. dlevalley - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    It’s guaranteed to be intimate.

    I mean, with only six people expected to attend, it almost has to be…

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Intimate? Like, candlelit dinner, Al Green playing in the background, a rose in his mouth…?

  7. simon94022 - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    There is no less passionate fanbase in all of professional sports. I don’t think Wolff has much to worry about. This isn’t exactly Walter O’Malley confronting Brooklynites.

  8. boneofcontentionmusic - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Lew Wolff has ballz!!!
    So does every other guy…

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