Last spring, after the A's plans for a ballpark project in Fremont fell apart, baseball commissioner Bud Selig appointed a panel of "blue ribbon" experts to examine the team's future in the Bay Area. The panel has done diligent work in Oakland, Fremont and San Jose. It has twice met with San Jose city staff and Mayor Chuck Reed. The panel's report is expected to be filed early next year.And Purdy also notes that San Jose is not fooled by the "Stand for San Jose Money to SF Giants" group:
The Giants don't want to wait. They obviously are frightened that the panel will conclude that MLB will make the smart choice to permit negotiations between Wolff and San Jose. So instead of relying on MLB's authority, the Giants' honchos are attempting a panicky end-around. If this were second grade, I would use the term "fraidy-cats" to describe them. But since I probably write more at the fifth-grade level, I will refer to them as the Fraidy-Giants.
No savvy local fan would join a "coalition" that is being bankrolled out of San Francisco as a hidden-ball trick to benefit interests that lie nowhere near the South Bay.Way to go Purdy, while the SF Giants are striking out you clearly hit a home run.
If the Fraidy-Giants want to regain some respect, they need to make their own case and stop hiding behind Weyermann and Herrera. Because take it from at least one South Bay rube: That strategy won't hunt. And it is our territorial right to say so.
And it seems that this must be a very slow time for Bay Area City Attorneys. On Friday we learned that the SF City Attorney is threatening to sue MLB, and now we see that Oakland's City Attorney John Russo has time to waste as well:
"I do know that over the years, the Giants relied upon that territory in creating their ballpark, Russo said. "I also know that here in Oakland we relied on certain representations by the A's in signing a very flexible and advantageous lease with them. And I'm looking into whether or not their clear, and very clear attempt to move to San Jose - and San Jose's attempts to lure the A's - whether or not those are interfering with our rights under the lease."So now we have both SF and Oakland throwing spitters at MLB and San Jose. Note to SF and Oakland: San Jose is not only going to get on base, we are going to end up with a grand slam.
And our own Larry Stone once again shows why he is a Major League Player:
Stone says he gained further insight into the Giants' state of mind last month, when he and wife Carmen attended the San Francisco 49ers-Tennessee Titans game in owner Jed York's suite at Candlestick Park. Among York's other guests was Giants President Larry Baer, who toward the end of the game approached Stone and asked, "What's going on with the A's?"Stone: Home Run Baer: Strike Out
Stone said he told him the team's fate was up to Selig, to which Baer replied, "The commissioner will never rescind those rights."
"I said, 'Oh, really?' " recalled Stone, who asked Baer why Selig would appoint a committee to study all the options for the A's if he wasn't prepared to let the team move to San Jose.
Baer countered that the panel was appointed solely to study options for the A's in the East Bay, outside of the Giants' territorial rights. "And I said, 'That's funny, because just last week the panel and consultants were meeting with the mayor of San Jose and staff from the redevelopment agency and looking at the potential site in San Jose,' " Stone recalled. He added that Baer seemed surprised by the news and walked away.
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Play ball San Jose.