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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

"Whose Oakland?"-Summary of an Execution that took Place Tuesday

Fill in the blank: ____________ Athletics of Fremont

It was the meeting of the minds. The big guns were there, Selig, Wolff, John Chambers Ceo of Cisco, even Beane showed up. They talked and showed us their vision, it did not include Oakland... at all. The A's will be playing in Fremont barring any major disturbance.
Lew Wolff spoke; claimed Scott Haggerty planted the "Fremont seed" three years ago, and that the "Most Valuable Person of the MLB is Bud Selig". Mr. Wolff ya got something brownish on your nose. I wonder if Lew acted this way when he was a frat brother with Buddy. "We believe that Cisco Field will be an economic benefit to the entire area." Of course mentioning Santa Clara County as well.

Depressed looking Selig pontificated, even including that Lew's momma claimed, Wolff would never amount to a "pile of pins." Cute.

Billy spoke, he was bright spot of day. Beane says, "I can't wait to start cashing some of these checks to start signing some of our players." I hope so as well.

Questions were asked.
-Public transportation? Wolff: We're examining the public transportation issue. We're spending our time on the transportation aspect and sharing it with the citizens and elected officials of Alameda County. (Paraphrase: I have know idea, people actually ride bart. Hummers are way sweeter.)
-Name? Selig: The naming rights has to adequately portray the area it represents. Oakand? (Paraphrase: San Jose A's or Silicon Valley A's or Crisco A's or The UnOakland A's)
-Wolff: I felt that Oakland had lots of priorities, but in terms of the discipline in terms of giving a site, I didn't sense it. I need a ballpark for my organization will work for everyone. The only option after Fremont is to move out of the state of California. If someone feels we didn't do enough, there isn't much I can do about it. (Paraphrase: I hate Oakland and all ways will.)
-Selig: "If you want a team to be competitive, right Billy? If you have a stadium that can't produce the revenues you need you are rendering it not competitive. This is a classic situation of a team that needs to take control of its own destiny. And it's done that. This is going to make the Oakland Athletics a better franchise. They had no alternative. This park has the potential to do so many unique things." (Paraphrase: Moneyball is ruining meeeeee! p.s. I also hate Oakland)

The new Cisco Field will be state of the art (lacking a bullpen or batters eye). Here's a better description. It looks pretty sweet, much as most artist renderings are. But really, it will be a cool park; real close to the action, interesting hi-tek thangs, and with a good team this would be a great fan experience.

Except for one thing....
The stadium will be built in Fremont, and in the middle of nowhere. The surrounding village will be a mall, with out a sense of community or respect for Oakland A's history. This will be a great venue for the band-wagon fan, the rich-bitchy-suburban girl, the souless corporate man who goes to games only because he wants to impress his boss and get that raise. The fans who have stuck with this team lose out. There will be no local bars, no history, or unique-quirky things that have defined the A's fan base. No, they get left out.

This is a new chapter in A's fanchise, leaving the Walter Haas legacy far behind. This is a Fremont South Bay team now. Say bye to Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, hell even Piedmont, and the Contra Costa towns, all who have help created the Oakland A's image. This is not a stadium, it's a mall. Fremont is fine suburb, but is not meant for a baseball team. This is a cheap and short-term way to build a stadium and make a lot of money. There is no "A" in Fremont.

I wonder how the fan experience at the Coliseum will be these next couple seasons?

These are the best things I have seen all day.
The Fremont Athletics are good?.


"F*&# the Fremont A's, Ghostride the Volvo"

My sentiments exactly.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

woe is sports in oakland

11/14/2006 6:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple question:

if the whole point of building a new stadium is to improve the revenue stream so as to pay for better players, then why build a new stadium with a capacity limited to fewer attendees than what is already insufficient where they are?

11/14/2006 9:50 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha! I freakin LOVED the videos! Im laughing and crying at the same time here in JLS. Mixed emotions!!!! I love Oakland!

11/15/2006 8:19 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check this out on ABC 7 News.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=local&id=4762141

The Fremont BART station is more than five miles from the planned stadium.

Linton Johnson, BART spokesman: "I just don't think this is the right location for people who want to take BART to get to the game. I don't it would be something they would want to do."

BART officials estimate 20 percent of A's fans now take BART to the ballgames. That's about 7,000 in a sellout. Some have suggested shuttle busses to the new park.

Linton Johnson: "But think about it, one bus carries about 52 people, one BART train carries about 1,500 people. That's a heck of a lot busses you're going to have to use for one BART train."

That will leave many to the already congested Interstates 680 and 880.

Stuart Cohen, Transportation and Land Use Coalition: "The problem with this plan is that it can put literally 10,000 or more cars on an already jam-packed road.

11/15/2006 6:11 PM

 
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11/16/2006 1:36 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that chick in that one video is hot

11/17/2006 8:07 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha chick is way hot

11/17/2006 8:35 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm truly sorry they are leaving Oakland. That said, it really is not the end of the world. Let's wait and see what the A's present before we ASSume there will be insufficient public transportation. As for nothing there,there's not much around the Cliseum I want to go see. The whole concept is to build up the area in a fan/family aymosphere withing plenty to see, buy and dine at. Give it a chance. If it does not pan out, maybe one Oaklanad official will decide to get serious and not just complain the A's don't bring money to the area.

11/18/2006 12:56 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chick in the video is great with her vitriol and all... except did she miss the fact that the naming rights were alreayd part of the deal? She is pretty uninformed about the situation it seemed.

The ghostriders ruled however.

11/18/2006 8:32 PM

 
Blogger Georob said...

When I was a teenager, we did the "Chinese Fire Drill". I guess today's kids Ghost Ride.

Both are stupid.

1/16/2007 6:46 AM

 

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