When the Oakland A’s sewage system backed up on Sunday, it was clear that two things would result: renewed calls by the team for a new stadium, and poop jokes, plenty of poop jokes.
- “It’s all a bunch of crap,” A’s owner Lew Wolff told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, who suggested that Wolff sabotage the plumbing at the next MLB owners’ meeting “to let his peers know just what it’s like these days playing in the Oakland Coliseum.”
- “As we have stated many times, the Oakland A’s need a new ballpark,” wrote MLB in a prepared statement. “Sunday’s unfortunate incident is a stark illustration that they need a long-term solution. … The situation in Oakland is particularly complicated, evident through the years of work it has required, yet we remain hopeful that a resolution can be reached so that the A’s can secure the 21st Century venue that the franchise and its fans deserve.”
In other words, it’s still the status quo: Wolff still wants a new stadium in San Jose, the San Francisco Giants owners still have no intention of giving up the territorial rights that they got with the franchise back in 1992, and Bud Selig isn’t going to smack any heads together to get this resolved, no matter how many carpets need to be changed.
As for whether all this means that the O.co Coliseum — and man, do you think Overstock.com is happy they bought the naming rights to a building that is getting their name mentioned in this context? — is actually in any direr need of replacement, probably not: The A’s equipment manager told the San Jose Mercury News that plumbing problems have occurred “periodically” going all the way back to 1975, and have always been repaired. Which isn’t exactly reassuring, but given that there have been plenty of bigger crowds over the years than last weekend’s without sewage backups, it does seem that this isn’t a sign that the Coliseum is obsolete for modern crowds or anything; it’s just a building that’s always had somewhat (ahem) crappy plumbing. All should be well for the next A’s homestand; I’ll actually be in attendance at one of those games, so if HTML5 can ever get those <aroma> tags working, I’ll post a full report.