The Oakland A’s got Verlandered out of the playoffs last night, but that wasn’t even the most ignominious moment of their week. How about having their promotional video pulled from airing, allegedly because it might make people think that Oakland has fans and that the Coliseum is a “home” and not just a dump?
Why don’t MLB or the A’s want you to see this pro-Oakland, pro-Coliseum video?
The most obvious answer is that both MLB and the A’s want out of Oakland as soon as possible…
Six days after being pulled offline, the video surfaced again on YouTube, with the uploader claiming that baseball’s and the Athletics’ desire for a new stadium meant a hype reel promoting the magic of the old ballpark wouldn’t be on-message.
Okay, sourcing a news story to YouTube commenters is a bit like … actually, I can’t think of anything as bad as that. There’s been some speculation that the video was only ever meant to be shown inside the stadium, and was posted to MLB’s site unintentionally, though that doesn’t explain why both MLB and MLB Advanced Media declined to explain this when asked by Deadspin. Nor does it explain why it apparently never aired during pregame ceremonies, either.
If nothing else, it’s an indication of how frought everything becomes in the middle of a stadium battle: Poor A’s fans don’t even get to celebrate their city and team spirit during what turned out to be a brief playoff run, because supporting your team when you’re Oakland is grounds for controversy. Which is too bad, as there’s plenty worth celebrating.