Saturday, May 26, 2012

Feeling Flushed

Bowled over: Wolff's still not going to sell

Yesterday, A's owner Lew Wolff continued his due diligence and met with Colorox CEO Don Knauss. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Knauss' desire to keep the A's in Oakland. Recently, Knauss, along with executives from Kaiser Permanente, World Market, and Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, announced that he was leading a consortium of East Bay business interests to keep the A's in Oakland. Additionally, he urged the current A's ownership to bow out and allow one of two new groups to buy the team. (Curiously, the identities of these two parties were not revealed; one is said to prefer to remain anonymous and other is said to be fromLos Angeles.) Of course, this new development made the "Stay-in-Oakland" crowd positively giddy. Okay, so maybe Don Knauss took hundreds of jobs out of Oakland in 2010, and maybe he's pushing for a downtown ballpark even as Mayor Quan and city leaders are still swooning over their pretty Coliseum City drawings, but beggars can't be choosers, right?

Ever the gentleman, Wolff politely heard Knauss' rationale. However, in the end, Lew Wolff and the A's remain firmly committed to San Jose.

You're up to bat, San Jose!


  1. I've said this before: I am all for keeping the A's in Oakland. I am East Bay, born and raised, and really, there is nothing like BART access to an A's (and Raiders/W's) game!

    THAT said, where was all this support from Oakland leaders when the A's ran into dead-ends for the Fox Theatre/downtown stadium, the Jack London Swuare stadium, the Victory Ct stadium, the ORIGINAL plan for a new park on existing grounds, etc...

    Robert Bobb was like Don Quixote thrusting at the windmills that were Jerry Brown, Ignacio De La Fuente, and other political "leaders" who NEVER either A)gave a rats hairy behind about the A's or B)said out loud that "the A's had nowhere else to go" and did nothing. Only Robert Bobb new that under the new rules of Baseball revenue, the A's NEEDED a new yard to not only stay in Oakland, but survive in Oakland.

    If San Jose means the A's stay in the Bay Area, and can draw more than 12K fans (it's embarrasing to go to a game, or watch it on TV and only see small crowds on most days) per game game, than so be it!

    I've lived, since I was a kid (I'm a middle-aged man now) with the threat of the A's moving, or being contracted.

    It's great that Clorox wants to help. But a new ownership group won't get an environmental impact survey done, they won't be able to claim eminent domain, and they won't be able to break the collective idiot will of Oakland leaders who will NOT work with this new group like San Jose is already working with the A's. Best case scenerio for this new group: it takes MLB and Uncle "Glacier" Bud a year to approve a new ownership group, another year to find a realisitc and attractive site (I LOVE Victory Court and just about anywhere in Jack London Square too, but...), and 3-5 more years for an environmental impact study/report to be complete. It would be 2017 before they could break ground in Oakland. San Jose is shovel ready.

    If you are really an A's fan, San Jose is YOUR ONLY REALISTIC chance for the A's staying in the Bay Area. I'm OK with that.

  2. I have been an Oakland A's fanatic since 1972. After retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2004 I relocated in San Antonio, Texas and still follow my A's. Whatever get the Oakland A's their well deserved new stadium works for me!!! As they say in Texas, "Gitter Done!" After all guys, "we need to win the last game of the season" and have a sequal to Money Ball!!!

    Johnny Roundball

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  4. Knauss is not a shining knight to save the A's from moving to San Jose at the 11th hour, he's a huckster looking for good PR. Wolff probably just told him in a courteous manner to "shut the **** up" and mind his own business.

  5. The A's...that's that minor league team in Oakland, right?

  6. I'll be a fan whether they stay in Oakland or move to San Jose. Each city provides a certain site that would attract millions of fans each year and give the team the revenue hey need to be a big market and large budget team.

    My favorite site in oakland is called Howard terminal. It is right next to the more better known victory court site but Howard terminal is more likely as it doesnt have the businesses on it to relocate like VC does and it's larger, with room for a ballpark, NBA arena, development and lots of restaurants. It's also closer to jack London square and downtown oakland than VC is. It's the Most perfect waterfront site in the entire bay area.

    My other favorite site is of course the proposal for cisco field in downtown San Jose.

    Either would be excellent but we just need to get it going. The best thing is that these sites are polar opposites as one is landlocked in downtown San Jose, while he other is waterfront near downtown Oakland.
    IMO, San Jose is not going to happen for the A's and in order for the A's to survive in Oakland, they have to build at howard terminal.


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