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MLB releases statement on O.co Coliseum situation

Jun 17, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

After both clubhouses and the umpires’ lockeroom at O.Co Coliseum were flooded with raw sewage yesterday, Athletics owner Lew Wolff responded by saying that the facility “is in perhaps the worst shape in all of professional sports.” The Athletics have needed a new home for quite a while, but their efforts to move to San Jose have been blocked by the Giants due to a territorial rights issue. With no resolution in sight, MLB released a statement this afternoon in response to yesterday’s events, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Of course, given that MLB has been dragging its feet on this issue for years now, it would be hard to blame A’s fans who are skeptical that anything will get done in the near future. If history is any indication, the next step will include Bud Selig forming an exploratory committee to determine what went wrong with the pipes at the Coliseum.

  1. Caught Looking - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    At this rate, they’ll have a 21st century venue in the 22nd century.

  2. sdelmonte - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Honestly, shouldn’t the blame go on the owners of the park, i. e. the city of Oakland and Alameda County?

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      That might be true. Let’s form a committee to study the possibility.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        Bud Selig has just announced he’s putting together an exploratory committee to study the feasibility of a committee to research this issue…

  3. dondada10 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    You know it’s time to move when it floods with shit.

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      Then the entire country should have moved during the last election campaign.

      • sfgiantsfanforever - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Good point- with all the shit the Republicans were throwing around we would have to have been on the summit of Everest to avoid being sucked under.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Someone might have to actually drown in the shit before they do anything.

  4. cackalackyank - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I think Selig needs to form an exploartory commitee to explore what happened to the exploratory commitee that was exploring the A’s stadium situation. I just felt the need to explore the exploration of the explorative process in MLB’s explorative section in the Comissioners Office. Explorationaly speaking of course….. Or you could just make a DAMN decision yourself ALAN!

    • DJ MC - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.

    • jdd428 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:08 AM

      For the record, my own exploratory committee has informed me that he spells ALLAN with two L’s. My exploratory committee has also determined that the second L is as useless as his exploratory committees.

  5. thebadguyswon - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    What work?

    Bud sitting on his hands is work?

  6. shanabartels - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Still with the platitudes? Come on, Selig. This is ridiculous and untenable. Act like you care.

  7. goawaydog - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Lew Wolff in the bathroom with a cherry bomb.

    • DJ MC - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Nah. That’s something that would get delegated through Billy Beane to Peter Brand.

      • duckthefodgers - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        Fictional characters never can get anything done.

  8. jaylaw01 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Great Monty Python reference DJ MC!! I just spit my beer out all over my dog, I laughed so hard. Thanks!

  9. kcrobert10 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    How convenient that its also the home of the raiders. I swore every time I had been to that stadium it smelled like s#%# but people kept telling me it was my imagination. Right….

  10. flamethrower101 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Lew Wolff and the A’s have been hell-bent on moving out of that stadium. So I’ve often wondered what would happen if, say, Lew Wolff one day decided he and the A’s were no longer interested in moving. I imagine Bud Selig would blow his stack and then blast the A’s to the media, saying they’ve “disrespected the process” or something to that tune that only an 80-year old would say.

  11. sheriffpeyton18 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    What’s crazy is that their 2014 Spring Training home at HoHoKam Park is a better facility than their regular season park. It’s like they are going to the Waldorf Astoria vs Motel 6!!

    • gloccamorra - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      I like Motel 6. You meet some interesting hourly workers there.

      • Caught Looking - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        And I’m sure their plumbing is backed up with all sorts of shit too.

      • henryd3rd - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:57 AM

        I’m Tom Bodett for Motel 6, our plumbing always work and we’ll leave the light on for ya.”

      • henryd3rd - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:58 AM

        I’m Tom Bodett for Motel 6, and we’ll leave the light on for ya.”

  12. Marty - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I kind of chuckle at the notion this has anything to do with the Giants. In fact, they shouldn’t even be mentioned. They are part of Plan C.

    To recap:

    Plan A was to build in Oakland
    Plan B was to build in Fremont
    Plan C is to build in San Jose

    The A’s share much blame for holding on to the stubborn dream of San Jose. They aren’t waiting for a solution, they are waiting for the go ahead to build on one specific lot of land across the street from Diridon Station in San Jose.

    Beggars can’t be choosers.

    • Tick - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Plan A was shot down by the city of Oakland. There are limited options on where to move and the city isn’t willing to put a dime of taxpayer money into it.
      Plan B, while not dead, faces a lot of opposition from Fremont residents.
      Plan C is the best option financially, is being welcomed with open arms by the city and most residents and it has the best location. The only problem is some silly, archaic territorial issue that doesn’t make sense and should be thrown out.

      The A’s have a fight regardless of where they move, but plan c should, logically, be the easiest fight to overcome. Seems like this could be ended one way or another if Wolff of San Jose just forced the issue to court.

      • Marty - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Fair enough. But this notion that the A’s would have a stadium by now if only the Giants would give up SJ is not correct. They are the thing standing in the way of their third attempt.

      • Marty - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        I’ll add that Wolff surely had his eye on SJ since he purchased the team in 2005. Some think Plans A and B were half-hearted, self sabotaged attempts to look like he was trying to avoid the territory issue in good faith.

        That is 5 years of delay, and Lew Wolff shares much of the blame.

  13. MyTeamsAllStink - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Can’t the county’s health department shut down the Coliseum?They do serve food there and this is clearly a health violation.

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