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March 08, 2004

Stop me if you've heard this one

Ah, the signs of spring: the crack of the bat, the chirp of the robin, the whinging of Steve Schott. The Oakland A's owner declared during his annual "State of the A's" address that "we need a new stadium to continue being competitive," adding helpfully, "We feel we can't compete if we don't have one." (Since Bud Selig made an identical claim about the A's last spring training, whereupon the team went out and won 96 games and a division title, Oakland fans should probably feel good about the coming season.) Asked about the San Francisco Giants' claim to territorial rights to Santa Clara County, where the A's would like to build a new park, Schott replied: "It's like my 4-year-old granddaughter says sometimes, 'crybaby, crybaby.'" Schott also threatened that if he doesn't get a new stadium, he might sell the team to someone else. What, and give up show biz?

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