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The A’s-to-San jose Committee celebrates its fourth anniversary

Apr 5, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT


Lost in all of the Opening Week hubbub was the passing of an anniversary. Last weekend marked four years since Bud Selig convened the committee to investigate the Athletics potential move to San Jose. Which, while that may seem like a long time to you is less than half the time it would take a snail to move from Oakland to San Jose. Really: I calculated it a couple of years ago.

Anyway, the latest development in the never-ending saga is that the San Jose mayor — the same one who said two years ago that a snail could’ve made the move by now — wants a meeting with Bud Selig. The details are here.

In other news: this has been going on for four years and the mayor of San Jose has not even met with Bud Selig before?  I’m thinking about putting my money on the snail.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    A giant African land snail! Welcome to Macondo, and right on time – the Second First Annual Invasive Species Festival in Defiance of Earth Week is only ten days away! Honorary parade grand marshall Craig Calcaterra (who can stay in Dacron, Ohio since there’s no parade, just a grand marshall) will give you the directions to Churchill’s Pub via private e-mail.

    And yes, Craig is compensated for permitting his name to be hijacked. He gets another T-shirt. You want the toad, the fire ant or the walking catfish this year, Craig?

  2. APBA Guy - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    The snails have been out lately here in the Bay Area, with the Spring “rain” (people in Macondo would call what we have here ‘mist’). I didn’t realize until Craig pointed it out, that they were all moving South towards SJ in solidarity with the Relocation Committee.

  3. historiophiliac - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Waiting for Bud to salt that committee and go “Oooohhhh, noooooo. Too bad.”

  4. nineroutsider - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Who can half-ass something better than Bud Selig? Too funny; Oakland snails will definitely beat the A’s to SJ. Baseball needs to stuff this deal down the Giants throats and this is coming from a huge Giants fan who lives in SJ. The A’s will capitalize on the Silicon Valley fan poser types that don’t take their clients to Giants games, but that is really no skin off of the Giants’ backs. The cities are far enough apart and the fans are loyal enough to make it work. That how it works in markets with 2 teams. 49ers fans would not become Raiders fans too even if they shared the 9ers new stadium. Baseball needs to reject the Giants territorial rights and do what is best for the spot. The A’s will greatly benefit for the move and thus all of baseball and the Giants will maintain their stellar attendance records. This side of the bay supports its teams so bring the A’s on down…East Bay A’s fans can easily commute to SJ.

    • jkcalhoun - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Baseball needs to reject the Giants territorial rights and do what is best for the spot.

      Well, there’s your stalemate. What you’re saying is that the other owners “need to stuff this deal down the Giants’ throats”, but those are the very people who would be reluctant to do anything to undermine the value of their own territorial rights. Such as to set a precedent for revoking them.

      Years 5-8 of the permanent committee, here we come.

  5. Sorbet Te Charta Saccus - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Other than the politicans, does anybody really care about this story anymore? I mean, fans of the A’s probably don’t care because they have shown they can win with or without a new stadium. And the people of San Jose, or wherever they end up building it, haven’t had to pay for a new stadium so they are saving the money.

    • nineroutsider - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      The A’s very much still care about this story. Their fans should as well. BTW, the A’s haven’t exactly shown they can win with or without a new stadium: 1 good year since 2006 isn’t exactly a stellar record of success. Their owners want to make more money and the fans want a larger payroll. The A’s deserve a respectable place to play. They have a outstanding history and need to play in a place that can sellout. Baseball should care about this story. They have abysmal fan attendance, even for most of last year.

      • Sorbet Te Charta Saccus - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        I don’t know enough about the story then I guess…why don’t they simply build a new stadium in Oakland then? Usually when a team wants a new stadium, they usually force the locals to pay money toward a new stadium to be built right near the old one, and sometimes kick in some cash themselves. Why is a move to San Jose the reason the Oakland A’s haven’t had a stadium built in the last 4 years? In other words, if the story is the A’s need a new stadium, then what is the problem with building a new one right next to the current one? And if the story is what’s the hold-up with a move to San Jose, then I will ask, “Why is THIS the story”…build in Oakland if you need a stadium that badly.

  6. natstowngreg - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Is that a racing snail? Looks pretty fast, for a snail.

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