That Lew Wolff letter making eyes at San Jose may be of unknown provenance (see comments), but the Oakland A’s owner has emerged with some fresh quotes making clear his feelings about his team’s future home. From today’s San Jose Mercury News:
“Baseball appointed a committee 16 months ago to check out if there are opportunities we missed in Oakland or Fremont,” he said. “I’m still waiting for the results.”
The committee appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig will recommend whether the A’s should move to San Jose or stay in Oakland.
As for specific proposals from the city of Oakland, Wolff added, “I have not heard word one of any detailed plan. I was asked to sit back and let them do their work. Well, 16 months later I haven’t seen any results. Maybe Oakland has and they’re not telling me. I don’t know why they’re hiding it.”
The Merc News somehow interprets this as re-opening the door a crack for an Oakland stadium bid, but my tea-leaf reader says it’s just Wolff trying yet again to put some pressure on Selig’s committee to release its report already so everybody can get on with their lives. Which, Wolff no doubt knows, isn’t going to happen until he’s cut a deal with San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom on the cost of territorial rights to San Jose — which is no doubt why Wolff’s allies have been publicly bashing Neukom in an attempt to get him to come down in price.
Meanwhile, the A’s relocation battle has taken to the Oakland Coliseum bleachers, as a fan there tells the Merc News he was kicked out of a game earlier this year for holding a sign that read “Wolff lied. He never tried.” City attorney John Russo responded by ordering the Oakland police not to assist in ejecting any A’s fans for displaying anti-ownership signs. On second thought, maybe it’s best if Selig’s committee takes its time — this whole mess is getting too much fun to watch.