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You can thank Major League Baseball for the sewage mess in the Oakland Coliseum

Jun 17, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

Still gobsmacked that a major league team is playing in a joint like the Oakland Coliseum, where the raw sewage flows more freely than the Bud Light. So too is A’s owner Lew Wolff, who tells Eric Fisher of SBJ that he is embarrassed by the mess but that it’s out of his control:

 

Major League Baseball, of course, has spent over four years pretending to be studying the viability of the A’s remaining in the Oakland Coliseum vs. moving to San Jose. In reality it’s merely been stalling, afraid to confront the Giants over its territorial claim to San Jose and unwilling to say anything which might suggest that a team petitioning for a new ballpark someplace is somehow the wrong thing to do. In those four-plus years nothing has been done to improve the Coliseum or the A’s situation.

Which now I suspect will give us the archetypal MLB problem-solving dynamic: (a) ignore a situation until it becomes a public relations problem; and (b) then go 100 m.p.h., quite possibly in the wrong direction to quickly fix it. Which is to say that I expect Major League Baseball to announce later today that the A’s will become a full-time road team, will relocate to Pluto, will stop eating so much fiber, or something else silly at some point today.

Because that’s way easier than having done the hard work necessary over the past several years to make sure that a major league baseball team wasn’t playing in a literal cesspool.

  1. waiverclaim - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    San Jose is literally 50+ miles away from SF, have more people living there than SF+Oak combined, and have shown through their support of a god damned ice hockey team that they deserve more pro sports teams there

    The Giants are 2nd in attendance through fielding a winning team and through tourist dollars, “losing” SJ would mean a slight decrease in corporate revenue, but MLB overall would be making more money by having a team in SJ.

    This is a slam dunk easy decision, but that creep Selig drags his feet at anything that makes sense, and pushes through things that destroy the integrity of the game like a whore on the corner.

    • cur68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      This probably has more to do with the owners as a group than JUST Selig. He’s their employee. The face of the owners group, if you will. Lets just say that a potion of the blame sticks to him here, but the culprits are also those owners who have been stalling away, too. If they wanted a quick and fair resolution it would have happened by now.

      • waiverclaim - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        For the life of me, I cannot think of any other team that would support the Giants here. The overall health of MLB, which, by the way, is having its worst year financially in many years, would be massively helped by moving the A’s to such a thriving area like San Jose, and its not like the Giants lose much if anything, in fact, a payout ala the O’s/Nats is about the only thing that needs to be done, and to be honest, its doubtful a court would even let them go without it.

        Giants are being massively selfish and greedy here. That’s all there is to it. They did not move to San Jose like they originally planned, therefore their “right”s are null and void.

      • cur68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        The financial loss is what’ll really get this moving. Nothing else: not fan needs, not best interests of the game, not public support. Money. It’ll be the money.

      • clydeserra - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        other owners support:

        Tampa Bay Rays.

        No one wants the Rays to folow suit and move next to them, like say Hoboken. Maxwells is available, so I suppose they could play there, but the Yankees and Mets won’t have it.

        We wouldn’t even be talking about territorial rights had the expos not been moved.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Probably TV rights is complicating the situation too, all around bad
      situation for the Oakland fan.

      • daveitsgood - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        TV rights aren’t really a factor here as the Bay Area is a split/shared market and the majority of the games are broadcast on the Comcast Sports Network with one team on one channel and another on the alternative channel for CSN. The Giants have some games on the NBC affiliate and the A’s, they’re somewhere on the UHF. You can easily watch an A’s game on TV as you can a Giants game, so it’s not about the TV rights. Me thinks if Lew Wolf wasn’t a frat buddy of Selig’s, this would have gone to court years ago.

      • waiverclaim - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Wouldn’t Selig + Wolff being frat buddies make this a move that would have happened, like, immediately though?

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      I know a guy who can snake it out for $29.99, only
      thing is the guy is in Brooklyn, can someone pay for gas?

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      I know a guy who can snake out the drain for $29.99.
      The only thing is he is in Brooklyn.

    • billybawl - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      It’s a shame that a generous act by the Haas family is now being used to tighten the screws on the A’s franchise. I think the only mildly compelling argument I’ve heard from the Giants is that when securing financing for their park, the valuation of the franchise included the territorial rights to SJ (which are explicit in MLB’s bylaws). Those rights were gifted to the Giants and the A’s were never compensated (of course, both teams were worth relatively little at that point). My quick and dirty solution would be to require both teams to bid on the rights to SJ — either the Giants now need to compensate the A’s to retain those rights, or the A’s would need to purchase those rights — with the other team receiving the proceeds. Who wants/needs it more? With the caveat that the A’s would need to use the proceeds to build a new Bay Area stadium. So Wolff couldn’t just pocket the money and run.

      • lingerie00yardsale - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        The Athletics were never compensated, but Lew Wolff certainly was. Those lack of rights to the South Bay is precisely why he was able to purchase the Athletics and a cheap, low price.

      • clydeserra - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        As an A’s fan I think you have to listen to me when I say it was 100% NOT a generous act.

        The Giants were not staying in candlestick. Ceding territorial rights allows the giants to move to San Jose, The Coliseum is extremely easy to get to from SF. 30 minutes on BART door to door from my house. Downtown SF is even closer, Corporate money would shift to the A’s.

        SF people would have to travel over 2 terrible freeways at over an hour a piece, or in the 90s when Caltrain was still offering only local service that took 2 hours from the city to get to games.

        Having the Giants out of SF would be a huge boost to the bottom line of the Oakland A’s and an even bigger boost to the valuation of the team. there was zero altruism here by the Haas family.

        Just like now, the A’s can turn a tidy profit from the socialist enterprise we know as MLB. Building a new stadium (on their dime) would not result in better player and a better product on the field, it would mean less revenue sharing money, more debt processing and less money to payroll. What it would mean is higher value to the franchise, which is why the owners chose developer Wolff to act as the managing partner. If a new stadium deal is ever signed, the team will be for sale before the mayor of whatever city gives them the land finishes signing the papers.

      • billybawl - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        Clydeserra, I see your point, but in that case, Haas should have insisted that the offer terminated if the Giants didn’t move to the South Bay. As I recall, there was a ballot initiative for a San Jose stadium, and the offer of territorial rights was intended to help the Giants in the campaign. The voters rejected the initiative, Lurie sold the Giants and they refocused on SF. So I think saying it was 100% not altruistic is an overstatement. But sure, the Haas family probably thought it was in the interest of the A’s. Still, you think Haas have asked for compensation if he thought the rights were in perpetuity.

        I’d love to see an owner build a stadium for his team, but that’s just not going to happen. If I can’t have Oakland, I’ll settle for San Jose.

  2. flamethrower101 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I have this strange feeling that Bud Selig has been putting off his retiring so long sourly to avoid confronting this situation. And once he retires the next commissioner will put this into overdrive, thus making Selig look like an imbecile, though quite frankly he hasn’t needed anybody’s help to look like one during his tenure.

    • brohancruyff - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      The only disagreement I have with you is that I’m not willing to assume the next commissioner is going to be any better. Considering that the best commissioner in US pro sports is probably freaking Don Garber, I’m afraid I’ll believe it when I see it.

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        Unfortunately, I’m inclined to believe you, which freakin’ sucks.

  3. pittman25 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    If this is the first step to the modern day Ruppert Mundys, count me as intrigued.

  4. flamethrower101 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    I’m intrigued to see if MLB comes out with a statement about this situation. It’s a shame they’ve done nothing to help the A’s out when the evidence is cleared they are in dire need of it. It’s one thing if it takes four years to find a spot in San Jose to get an actual stadium built. But the fact is it has taken four years to MAKE A DECISION! Bud Selig is slow, yet when you talk to him he continues to claim he’s making progress.

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Don’t hold your breath. The Bufogenesis fiasco is as much as Bud Light can think about at one time.

      • indaburg - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Oakland Coliseum: Makes the Tumulus Look Good Enough. Kinda like when a girl goes out with her ugly friend.
        The Trop is no looker, but at least she ain’t got sewage spilling out of her orifices. And it’s last call. What’re you gonna do?

  5. 4d3fect - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Some cool typos this morning.

  6. hcf95688 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I’ve been an off and on A’s season ticket holder since 1987. Even before that, I spent many a great day at the Coliseum. I caught the tail end of the 70s dynasty, BillyBall!, The Bash Bros, the Big Three era….and all the horrible teams in between. I love the easy access of the Coliseum, the tailgating culture, the affordability, even the “its a dump, but it OUR dump circle the wagons” mentality of some fans. Moving the team to San Jose would add 40 minutes to my already 45 minute (in best conditions) drive time to see my team…..but it needs to happen immediately.

    • waiverclaim - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Thing is, it was not a dump until 1996, it used to be gorgeous. It’s been one since Al Davis ruined it though.

      Can the Raiders move back to LA and can they renovate it back with updated everything? Its literally only that or SJ, or make the Giants move to SJ and move the A’s into the Giants park.

      Bottom line: The Bay Area is too massive a market for one team. San Jose has millions of people and is thriving, they deserve a team.

      • hcf95688 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        Yeah, Mt. Davis ruined the view of the Oakland Hills (the best thing, BTW about Giants Stadium at McCovey’s Sewer), but the Coli became outdated is April 1989, when Oriole Park opened.

      • Bob - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        Oriole Park didn’t open until 1992.

        http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/ballpark/information/index.jsp

  7. mungman69 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Just move the damn team already.

  8. 18thstreet - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I would guess RFK Stadium (home of DC United) is in the worst shape of any major league sports facility. The team and the city are trying (and failing) to find a new home and the city (which owns RFK) isn’t keeping RFK up at all.

    Part of the lesson, for me: don’t let the city own the stadium. The team should own the stadium.

    • abaird2012 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      “Major league”?

      • 18thstreet - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Seattle’s MLS team is drawing twice as many fans a game than the Mariners:
        espnfc.com/stats/attendance/_/league/usa.1/major-league-soccer?cc=5901

        The worst MLB teams draw about 18K a game, and roughly half of MLS draws that amount.

        You don’t have to like soccer (and the TV ratings suggest you don’t), but it’s a professional league.

  9. andreweac - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Wolff needs to question Selig’s Willingness to Win.

  10. Francisco (FC) - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Craig sat, laid back on his high chair in the Lair. Braves bathrobe wound tightly, bubble pipe in hand as he puffed absentmindely. He rubbed his feet impatiently on his Phanatic rug. His large 71″ LED screen was divided into 16 slices shwoing feeds from different kinds of news outlets with all sorts of baseball tidbits. That was all interrumpted as the screen went dark and reset with just one image. Kay Adams looked a little harried doing the latest bidding for Craig.

    “Finally!”, he exclaimed.

    “Craig, I finally got Selig on the secure channel, was this really necessary?”.

    Craig missed Tiffany sometimes, she just did everything he asked with little comment or complain. Kay seemed to question every other thing he requested. He really needed to break in his henchwoman.

    “I have to get the news from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Want it to be ready for HBT Daily. Now patch me through!”

    The screen switched to a visual of Bud Selig in his office. It was close up so he didn’t see much.

    “Craig,” he said with an insincere smile. “I take it you’ve been asking about MLB’s official position on the Oakland Colisseum situation? It’s regrettable but we can’t do much about it. I’m a busy man so I can’t spare you much time”.

    “Hold on Comissioner! MLB could do something and that’s resolved the pettition by the Athletics to move to San Jose. It’s been a while now and your committee hasn’t given any recomendations! In fact word is different people are looking at it now and I can’t even find out their names.”

    “It’s a complicated situation Craig. Such moves must be handled delicately. But rest assured, it’s being handled by top men.”

    “Who?”, Craig asked pointedly as he leaned forward toward his display.

    Selig’s expression became stern as he repeated: “Top. Men”. Then he cut off the transmission.

    Meanwhile in a non-descript storage facility elsewhere: Hands worked quickly as a wood storage box was filled with bubble-wrap and packing peanuts. A gloved hand dropped a stack of papers inside. The cover page read: “Atheletics Pettition for San Jose Relocation”. The lid was closed and nailed shut. A tarp was laid on the box as a man pushed a cart through the facility. He passed by another box labeled: “Roberto Clemente’s 3000 hit baseball bat”. But it was one of the few labeled boxes. The man kept pushing the cart to the box’s final resting place somewhere deep in the storage facility as he passed by hundreds of other boxes with equally mysterious contents…

    • indaburg - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      So nice to have these back, FC.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Thanks Sally! As you know I haven’t really had the time to write these often since they require being mostly spur of the moment stuff. Sometimes when you come up with a creative idea the moment is lost and the post is buried. I’ll also try to post “Tales from the Lair” stuff like the Greg Holland confession. It’s not Craig centric but it was fun to write!

      • indaburg - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Just follow your muse. Don’t force it. She’ll come to you. Good stuff.

  11. heyblueyoustink - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Was the sewage wearing silver and black?

    • waiverclaim - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      A+

  12. joecool16280 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Please keep pounding the pavement regarding the A’s moving to SJ, Craig. As a Giants fan I find it selfish and illogical to be able to claim a city like San Jose. Someone grow some balls and let the A’s move to SJ “for the good of the game”.

    As Billy Chapel would say.

    • waiverclaim - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      You’re doing the whole “being a giants fan” thing pretty wrong if you support the A’s moving to SJ, but I’m glad at least one of their fans agrees that the A’s need SJ more than SF does.

      Kudos, you are the 1%, now go get all the rest of those mindless peons that make up your fave teams’ fanbase thinking like you and we will finally get somewhere.

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Man of Steel XXXXXXSpoiler AlertXXXX
      Billy Chapel was killed by a tornado in MOS.His adopted son just watched. Weird. Really weird.

    • clydeserra - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      As an A’s fan I welcome the giants interference. I like my (confirmed) shithole.

  13. smcgaels1997 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Yes it’s MLB’s fault Wolfe hasn’t fixed his crappers..unbelievable, poor Oakland A’s

    • waiverclaim - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Lew Wolff does not own the Coliseum, the A’s are tenants there.

      • tferr85 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        The Coliesieum may not be his fault, but his unwillingness to listen to offers (legitimate offers) to relocate elsewhere that isn’t San Jose.

        Have you ever wondered why he is so obsessive about San Jose? Well, if you look into it you might be surprised by what you find. It isn’t just for the good of baseball, but for the good of Lew Wolfes wallet.

      • tferr85 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        The Coliseum may not be his fault, but his unwillingness to listen to offers (legitimate offers) to relocate elsewhere that isn’t San Jose.

        Have you ever wondered why he is so obsessive about San Jose? Well, if you look into it you might be surprised by what you find. It isn’t just for the good of baseball, but for the good of Lew Wolfes wallet.

      • waiverclaim - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Yes, and? He SHOULD be obsessive over SJ, its the #1 place in America that deserves a MLB team and doesn’t have one. Portland, Vegas, Dallas, Charlotte all pale in comparison.

        He owns a baseball team and wants to make money. San Jose is the best place for literally everyone except the SF giants, who would lose come corporate bucks but who are hardly hurting for money anyway.

        Its “Coliseum” by the way, your spelling of it is funny though.

      • tferr85 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Lew Wolfe also has developments in SJ. His intent is not pure and good as so many seem to believe. This is a savvy businessman we are talking about. He also wants to move there for free without compensation to the Giants who where given the rights by the previous A’s owner.

        Lew Wolfe now acts as if those are his rights but he forgets to factor into account that his purchase price of the A’s was discounted to a degree by not having those rights.

        There are plenty of viable options for the A’s to be a healthy franchise in the Bay Area and Lew hasn’t investigated all of them b/c he is intent on making his other investments worth more while also moving the A’s. Sure SJ would be great for the A’s, but Lew needs to be honest about his intents instead of hiding behind a passive “WE CAN’T SURVIVE” BS argument. The A’s could survive just fine on Jack Lennon Square in a dedicated baseball stadium.

      • waiverclaim - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        “His intent is not pure” oh I beg of you to please name any sports team owner with a “pure intent” toward anything. Intent is money. Seriously, why single him out on that? lol “pure owner” what a joke….

        “He also wants to move there for free without compensation to the Giants who where given the rights by the previous A’s owner.”

        He should want that, those rights were given to the Giants on the basis of SF moving to SJ. They lied and did not do that, so they broke the agreement. Its cut and dry.

        “Lew Wolfe now acts as if those are his rights but he forgets to factor into account that his purchase price of the A’s was discounted to a degree by not having those rights.”

        Simply not true in the slightest.

        “There are plenty of viable options for the A’s to be a healthy franchise in the Bay Area and Lew hasn’t investigated all of them b/c he is intent on making his other investments worth more while also moving the A’s.”

        He tried Fremont. It failed. The city of Oakland is broke as a joke and its internal politics will never support any sports teams there. Warriors have already agreed to move, the Raiders are on the way out and the A’s are in the same boat. The city of Oakland does not want sports teams. They have basically said this. Why single out the A’s and not the W’s or Raiders on this?

        “Sure SJ would be great for the A’s, but Lew needs to be honest about his intents instead of hiding behind a passive “WE CAN’T SURVIVE” BS argument. The A’s could survive just fine on Jack Lennon Square in a dedicated baseball stadium.”

        Nope, Jack London will never exist, the city refuses to do anything to make that work or happen. You appear to just be another mindless “Lew Wolff is to blame” type. He’s in the bleachers if you want to say anything to him, he’s not a coward, he’s just a guy who the SF giants are screwing over and making look bad.

      • clydeserra - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        @tferr85: reasonable offers to relocate where? there have been no ballpark proposals that have as much legs as SJ.

        sure there have been preliminary proposals for several locations in Oakland, but the are not very far along in the process. and would cost millions more. If MLB wants to pony up the money, sure, have at it, but they won’t. and no city big enough to have a team is going to build a stadium with public money for years and years.

  14. mybrunoblog - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I don’t have a horse in this race. I do however find it interesting that if the A’s eventually move to San Jose and become the San Jose Athletics I think they’ll be the only team to call four cities home while retaining their original name. Am I right?

    • clydeserra - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      braves are the only other twice moved franchise, no?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        No. The Orioles were originally the Milwaukee Brewers before moving to St. Louis.

  15. Innocent Bystander - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Gross! Not the raw sewage…you’re reference to flowing Bud Light. Just ewww.

  16. El Bravo - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    What a shit show.

  17. nbjays - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    As a Canadian beer drinker, I find the analogy between raw sewage and Bud Light (both the pseudo-beer and Commissioner Selig) to be an apt one.

  18. amadorjon - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    A’s fan my entire life (pretty hardcore-wearing an A’s hat, Reddick jersey, and A’s shorts as I type this) and I couldn’t think of anything worse for myself and the 7-8 million people that live in Sacramento and the central valley (a huge portion of the a’s fanbase comes from outside the bay in the valley) than a move to the south bay.

    Aside from San Jose being a terrible place to get to, it has a reputation (whether founded or unfounded) of being a very dangerous city with terrible traffic, poor public transportation options, a lack of amenities for folks that want to experience something after a trip to the ballpark…..etc etc etc…..

    I wont drive another hour plus or more to go to the ballpark and I bet a lot of us Sacramentans, and sierra and valley residents wont either….why would you take a gamble on losing your established fanbase in the east bay and sacramento (another top 20 media market) on a hunch that Lew Wolffs hotels and realty appreciates in value in San Jose after he connives Bud into letting them move

    terrible idea

    • amadorjon - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      that said I’m not certain Oakland is a viable option either…I don’t have all the answers but san jose aint it………..

      when I go to the ballpark because it is a long haul I make a mini-vaca out of it……

      in my entire life as a 5th generation northern Californian I have never once heard one person excitedly proclaim that they’re “going to san jose”

      there has to be a better answer

    • daveitsgood - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      From your post above and below – How is San Jose a terrible place to get to? It’s surrounded by freeways – 101, 280, 680 and 880. Caltrain rolls into it where the planned Diridon stadium is/was to be. There’s light rail in the South Bay. Oh and Amtrak ends up at the Diridon station too.

      Second point – reputation of being a very dangerous city w/terrible traffic. Now you’re just making stuff up. I’m born and raised in the Bay Area, particularly the East Bay, my wife is from Alameda, but never has anyone ever said that San Jose is very dangerous when Oakland is in the same sentence (http://www.businessinsider.com/most-dangerous-cities-in-america-2013-6#3-oakland-calif-23) (not sure if I’m embedding that correctly). Furthermore, you tell me where you like to go after an A’s game at the O.co? Because there is nowhere I’m going on San Leandro st after the game. I’m crossing that bridge and getting back on BART to go home or meet up with friends elsewhere. If you’ve lived in the Bay Area, traffic is traffic anywhere. Traffic in SJ is just as bad in Oakland during rush hour.

      You want to make the argument that it’s further for you coming from Sacramento, fine, that’s perfectly valid, but your other reasons come off as disingenuous, biased and lacking in actual facts. You have never heard anybody proclaim they are going to San Jose? Ok, great, unless they are going to Adobe, Brocade, eBay, Tivo, Dell, Cisco, Paypal, RAE systems, etc etc. No, it’s not sexy like SF, but then again, neither is Oakland. When people ask where you’re from and you tell them the city, you have to put it in proximity to SF, not Oakland. Point being that there are more people and far far far more money in the South Bay waiting to be tapped. If the city can support a 4th most popular sport like hockey, there’s a pretty good chance that they’d buy in to baseball as well.

      • clydeserra - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        now san jose is probably just as accessible by car as the current coliseum site. the caltrain would need some working on, but it would be OK, as it is for the giants games (at the other terminus of the line).

        The other public transit is not as useful. the Santa Clara buses and the light rail would have to have major shifts in service to accommodate night games, they are not nearly as equipped as BART.

        That said “planned” future BART service is not too far away (15-20 years) and the white whale of HSR may have a terminus right at the proposed stadium site.

  19. APBA Guy - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    As always in Mausoleum matters I defer to the expert, Rhamesis Muncada, aka Marine Layer:

    http://newballpark.org/

    Let’s face it. This situation is an allegory for the entire relocation mess that the A’s face, and have been facing, for years now. A big part of the issue for fans is the lack of knowledge about what is really going on. We can see the results-nothing-but the “sausage making” is opaque, so we are left to speculate about Lew, Bud, the Giants, et al..

    But let’s not lose sight of the two positives in all this:

    – The A’s averaged 28,000+ over the 6 game home stand (which supposedly stressed the sewage “system”.)
    – A negative event like this helps to push the parties towards some action, even if only making some log overdue repairs to the Mausoleum.

    I hope the A’s senior management, MLB, the commissioner, etc are all embarrassed by this. Clearly the 4 year epic cycle of the Committee to Do Nothing doesn’t embarrass them. Maybe this will help move the new stadium process closer to resolution.

  20. stevem7 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Bud Selig continues to develop HUGE HEMMORHOIDS sitting on issues like this, Instant Replay, and the reinstatement of Pete Rose. 99 and 44/100ths percent of MLB fans will be supremely happy to see this worthless piece of skin no longer being Commissioner. Imagine, we need to go all the way to Australia to open the 2014 season because that’s what BUD wants? Someone needs to give Bud a swift kick in the pants and remind him that MLB is supposed to open at the home of the Cincinnati Reds because this is AMERICA’S game. But then Bud had been too dull and lethargic during his entire tenure to ever do something that was RIGHT FOR THE GAME.

  21. rcali - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I heard that if they move to San Jose the owner wants to change the name of the team to “The Los Angeles A’s of San Jose”

  22. granadafan - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    The stadium was fine until one person ruined the stadium and the taxpayers of Alameda County: Al Davis. Now the County is run by a bunch incompetents who let the stadium run down. What a pity. It’s in a great location with BART right there and a huge parking lot for tailgating.

  23. thebadguyswon - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Just another reason Bud Selig has been horrible. He has the leadership skills of a fruitfly.

  24. duvisited - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I’d still take the Coliseum over Tropicana Field, though.

  25. thebadguyswon - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Slightly off topic, but I would LOVE to see Montreal build a small, downtown park and the Rays to relocate their. Boston, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Baltimore would be an AWESOME al east.

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