Monday, March 2, 2009

San Jose is still the one

The Mercury had an interesting story on Friday:
In a dig-the-enthusiasm-but-don't-go-too-far e-mail to Mayor Chuck Reed, Wolff revealed: "Naturally my decision to cease our efforts in Fremont has generated a lot of calls, e-mails, etc. from your community and a number of others," Wolff wrote at about 8 p.m. Thursday. Though "I do not wish to seem disrespectful, and I always am delighted to take calls from elected officials and others, I would appreciate you letting those who wish to contact Major League Baseball officials that, as far as I am concerned, such contacts are not recommended."
And I found this blurb on Rob Neyer's Blog (ESPN.com writer):

When I invited the Athletics to Portland on Wednesday, I was of course just fooling around; at this moment there is neither the political nor the corporate support for a $400 million construction project. Not to build a millionaires' playground, anyway.

The best outcome for the A's and their fans would be staying in the Bay Area. My only real concern is for those fans, many of whom would presumably have a non-arduous trip to a ballpark in San Jose. If you've been to the Bay Area -- and particularly if you've tried to drive from San Jose to downtown San Francisco during anything like rush hour -- you know the two cities don't feel particularly close to each other. For every San Jose fan the Giants might lose, they might gain a fan from Berkeley and Oakland.

Note that while Portland has been mentioned as possible place for the A's to relocate, right now, according to Neyer, Portland does not have the political or business infrastructure in place to make that move possible, San Jose is far better situated by way of political will and organization, not to mention that the A's are already located in the Bay Area. You can read more about Portland's efforts by visiting their stadium website (which you will note hasn't been updated for a while).

So, given the above information, what do we do moving forward? We keep doing what we are doing, getting people to join the facebook group and this blog. Our facebook group is, as of this post, at 399 (WOW!), and we need to get that number up into the thousands to show MLB that there is widespread local support for bringing the A's to San Jose.

In the near future we may also be called upon to show up at public meetings, and it will be important that we arrive in large numbers if we want MLB to know that the residents of San Jose are worthy of the "big league." Keep watching this blog and the facebook group for updates on meetings we will need to attend. Until then, keep doing what you are doing and start saving those pennies for your season tickets.

Play ball San Jose.

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