This has always been the problem when Wolff chats up folks about a new building. He talks before everyone else can walk, and as such comes across not as a guy with a plan but as a guy who hopes one magically materializes.
His history on this topic is clear, from the Oakland Flea Market plan on out – he speculates out loud, can’t get sufficient immediate headway, tries for awhile and then he retreats. He comes off almost as a dilettante who wants to move out of his old neighborhood but wants the new neighborhood to come to him.
Ratto goes on to write that “MLB is already looking at a projected 9 percent revenue drop in 2009, and perhaps more. The Oakland-San Francisco problem means even less now to MLB than it did a year ago, and a year ago MLB didn’t give a very discernible damn.” If he’s correct, then Wolff’s strategy is even more puzzling than I thought.