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That’s how you taunt a fan base, folks

Oct 11, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

I know making Wikipedia edits to mock people is old hat, but sometimes it’s still hilarious. Especially when it’s subtle. Like this from the A’s Wikipedia page last night:


Sadly it’s been fixed. Which is strange given that most Wikipedia fixes are designed to increase accuracy. And this little edit was about as spot-in as it comes.

(thanks to Allison for the heads up)

  1. jarathen - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I am waiting for someone to add San Francisco Giants there instead, since apparently they decide where the A’s can and cannot investigate future sites for a new stadium.

    • jkcalhoun - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Yes, the Giants are to blame for everything that’s wrong with the A’s. Such as that the A’s ownership is interested in “investigating” sites for a new ballpark only within the Giants’ territory.

      It’s all part of Larry Baer’s fiendish plan to drive the A’s out of the Bay Area: first he convinces them that building a new ballpark within their own territory, something the Giants could not block, is impossible. Then, just as any other club would, he blocks them from building a ballpark within the Giants’ territory. Next stop: Las Vegas? Sacramento? New Jersey?

      Future generations will marvel at the machinations of Larry Baer.

      • paperlions - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Of course, you are forgetting that the ONLY reason the Giants have the “territorial rights” that they do have is because the A’s GAVE them to them as a favor to help the Giants stay in SF….and now the Giants are being giant dicks in return for the A’s previous good graces.

      • jkcalhoun - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        No, I’m not forgetting what actually happened circa 1990. Your forget, or never knew, that the A’s never gave the Giants anything; they merely agreed not to make a claim on rights not previously held by either club. I’m not sure why anyone can remain confused about this, since we talk about it every time the A’s come up here.

      • clydeserra - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        if its true that the A’s never GAVE the Giants T-rights, then there is no discussion, the A’s can move right now. But that is not the case.

        No, Larry Baer is not an evil genius that is bent on destroying the A’s. He is not helpful.

        But what we are really talking about is value, not cash flow. the A’s won’t make more money or be able to retain high priced talent with a new stadium and new debt, they will however be worth a lot more for Fisher and Wolff. Shortly after any stadium deal is done, they will be out. cuz that’s where the money is

      • jkcalhoun - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        You misunderstand the constraints the A’s — and all other clubs — operate under, as defined by the MLB constitution.

        The Giants are not blocking the A’s move. Instead the MLB constitution blocks it. Walter Haas and both A’s ownership groups after him have ratified that constitution. That’s the dilemma Lew Wolff & co. are stuck with.

        That constitution provides for a resolution in favor of the A’s: a vote by three-fourths of the clubs to restructure territorial rights in the Bay Area. The Giants are just one club. If 22 other clubs agreed with the A’s, that a move to San Jose would be in everyone’s best interests, then the Giants could not stop it from happening (although presumably there would be something compensatory involved in the resolution the clubs would vote for).

        So lay off the Giants. They’re acting just like any other club under the circumstances, but they do not have ultimate authority in this standoff. That belongs to the owners at large.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I whole heartedly am against Wikipedia vandalism. Unless I did it.

    And BTW, nice to see Wikipedia has an Edit Function. Cause….you know….be nice to find it elsewhere……just sayin’

  3. aceshigh11 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    That’s just evil. Chuckle-worthy, but evil.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      I’m still getting a kick out of it. The history of the edits on that page is funny too. I know it’s petty, but I did laugh. I wish I had saved a screen shot for fun.

      • clydeserra - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        why so many thumbs down. Its funny, I think its funny, and I am an A’s fan

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Eh, the playoffs bring out trolly commenters/thumbers.

      • Reflex - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        You can look up the edit history right on the page and take all the screen shots you like. Its the beauty of a wiki.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        Yeah, but that’s of the edit history, right? I wanted the page. Can you do that too?

        (PS I find their site burdensome to edit.)

      • Reflex - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Yes, you can see the entire page at any of those points.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Cool, thanks! :)

  4. zzalapski - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Allison alerted you to this? Hmm. What’s her alibi for when this vandalism occurred?

  5. thebadguyswon - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    The A’s are the Braves of the American League.

    • teambringitstrong - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      How old are you? You might want to check the list of WS Champions and fix your post.

      • biasedhomer - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        He’s seen that 1910 championship for A’s, how bout you?

  6. sandrafluke2012 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I don’t get it. He is a player

  7. georgewashingtonsghost - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    That’s a great prank!

  8. deepstblu - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Do not taunt Happy Fan Base.

  9. 18thstreet - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Thumbs down.

    If they’re not your rivals, it’s not okay with me (or the stick up my butt) to taunt other fan bases.

  10. garythebat - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Love it. However, I should point out that had this been the Pirates’ wikipedia page with Wainwright substituted for Nutting, the tone of this entry would’ve magically changed from laudatory to another cheap jab at how Cards fans are smug and obnoxious.

  11. km9000 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    If the Tigers lose the LCS, they’re gonna have to put one of those Wikipedia locks on their page.

  12. clydeserra - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    heh. that’s clever

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