Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lew Wolff Interview on 95.7

Last week Athletics managing partner Lew Wolff appeared on the Monte Show on SportsRadio 95.7 FM. Lew discussed a number of topics, including most prominently the Athletics burgeoning stadium issue. Lew, like the rest of us, continue to be frustrated with Commissioner Selig’s continued procrastination on a territorial decision, saying that “Even if the decision is stay where you’re at or go to San Jose, we need to know that. No decision is worse for us than a decision one way or the other.” We agree. You can listen to the full interview by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Off to a Fast Start

Last month the Athletics signed starting pitcher Trevor Cahill to a 7 year $56 million deal that could keep him with the team until the ripe old age of 29. This is great news for fans who have become accustom to seeing great young talent either traded or lost to free agency. With his defeat of the defending American League Champion and division rival Texas Rangers last night, this year Trevor is 6 – 0 with a 1.72 ERA. According to ESPN’s 2011 Cy Young Predictor, Trevor is at the top of the list in the American League, should he continue his dominance and win the Cy Young, it would be the first time an Athletic will have done it since Barry Zito in 2002. No doubt fans would be ecstatic to see Trevor win, bringing further acclaim to an organization noted for its ability to identify and cultivate young talent.

Trevor’s success has also helped the Athletics to a 19 – 17 record in the American League West just one game behind the Los Angles Angels. With an offense ranked 12 out of 14 in the American League, clearly it’s their #1 ranked pitching that has carried the team through their success, despite injuries to starter Dallas Braden and closer Andrew Bailey. No doubt the Athletics have continued to build on the momentum of last year, where unexpectedly they finished the year 81 – 81 finishing second in the division. With the major additions this offseason, Hideki Matsui, Josh Willingham and David DeJesus, all hitting just below their career averages, we should expect they will only improve as the weather starts to warm up. With dominating pitching, an improved offense, and teams in the AL West struggling, this could be the year the Athletics make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

While it’s early in the season, Cahill’s and the Athletics success is a much appreciated distraction while we await a decision from Commissioner Selig on the territorial issue. Keep updated on the Athletics by visiting their website, listening to them on Sports Radio 95.7 FM or watching games on Comcast California. To view their full schedule click here.

Go A’s! Hopefully, soon we’ll be celebrating your successes in a Downtown San Jose stadium.