Thursday, December 24, 2009
An Introduction and a Letter to Santa
Hi folks, I’m DH De La O, and I’m the newest contributor to the Baseball San Jose blog. I’m excited for the opportunity to help bring the Athletics to Silicon Valley.
As a lifelong resident of the valley, I’ve witnessed its amazing transformation over the years. Yes, the population has skyrocketed, a true city center has sprouted, and high tech has taken hold, but one of the most significant changes I’ve seen has been in the city’s attitude. Sure, there are still some who stubbornly cling to a Mayberry-like vision for the city, but now more than ever people here are finally ready for San Jose to take its place amongst the nation’s great cities. San Joseans are finally ready to step out of the shadows and into the national spotlight. Are the A’s the key to that? Well, no. That’s obviously a tall order for any team. But the A’s coming to San Jose would be yet another significant indication that this city will be a major 21st century player. There are other important initiatives for the city to follow through on, of course. But this is surely a worthy endeavor; one that will pays dividends for the city in many ways. So, I look forward to doing my part. And thanks to Jacquie for the opportunity to help.
And now, if I may, I’d like to end my first post by sharing my letter, on behalf of all of San Jose, to jolly old St. Nick:
Dear Santa Claus,
Hello, how are you? We hope the season is treating you well.
We, the citizens of fair San Jose, just wanted to let you know how very good we’ve been this year. As you know, we believe in helping those in need in our community. And as it turns out, the Oakland Athletics need a new home. We think we can give them a great home, full of love and support. To help them out, we’ve acquired land south of Diridon Station, produced a solid EIR (which we continue to refine), and are building a broad coalition of business, political, and neighborhood interests. We’ve been as busy as elves, trying to help the A’s come to San Jose.
But not everyone has been so nice this year, Santa. Some people who say they are standing up for San Jose are really just standing in the way. But that’s okay; we’ll keep busy on our plan.
So, dear Santa, all we ask for this year is a MLB team of our own. We promise to take good care of them.
Thanks so much. Keep up the good work!
San Jose, California