“The one given everybody believes is that Oakland needs a new stadium. The last time I was there, I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’ll say it anyway, it reminded me of County Stadium and Shea Stadium, and that’s not a compliment, in either case. … You can’t ask people to compete if they have a stadium that doesn’t produce any kind of revenue to give them a chance to compete. So that’s a given. …
“[The Rays] need a new ballpark, there’s no question. I talked a lot to Stu Sternberg, and he’s talking to people. He and I have had many conversations, and we’ll just monitor the situation. He’s doing what he should do. He’s there, he’s talking to all parties trying to see what he can do.”
With the A’s situation, of course, Selig’s stadium demands are complicated by the fact that A’s owner Lew Wolff wants to build a stadium in San Jose, but his plans are being held up by the San Francisco Giants exercising their territorial rights to that city, rights that are currently being upheld by … Bud Selig. Asked when he’d act to break this deadlock, Selig mumbled a whole lot:
“I’m always hopeful when there are debates amongst clubs, I try to lead teams in a direction of solving their problems themselves. … We’ve had a lot of meetings, spent an enormous amount of time. I’ve just met with both clubs again, and we’ll continue along this process. … Time will tell. I’m always hopeful. I’m an optimist, and I really believe that every problem has a solution to it. The question is just finding the right one, and so far I’ve been lucky on that score. And so I hope my string of luck will continue.”
It would have been nice if the assembled AP editors had asked him, say, how many more years he was going to keep saying that with a straight face. But that’s probably the kind of question that would cause Bud Selig to stop coming to your office to talk to you, which — hey, wait, win-win!