Originally Posted by Th3RealF0lkBlu3s
You either know nothing about the relationship between the A's and the City of Oakland or are deliberately painting a false picture if you're suggesting that it was the A's owners who were first in irreparably harming relations. The City has NEVER given the A's the kind of support they have deserved, going back to the Walter Haas ownership. An Oakland City Hall which has historically done nothing to help make the A's feel welcome in the City remains at its worst in terms of service under the Quan regime, and continue to pay lip service to helping the A's find a home in Oakland. Oakland is so inept that it was forced to issue an apology to Lew Wolff about never receiving a letter from the A's minority owner because it was "backed up" with mail from the holiday.
San Jose is the future, and this A's ownership group refuses to play ball with Oakland, so now it's being painted by Oakland officials that the A's are turning their back on Oakland. As much as I wish the A's could stay in Oakland with an awesome waterfront park in Jack London Square, I also don't want the team to deal with a pathetic City Hall that will bend over backwards to keep the only team it cares about in town, the Raiders.
And who is asking the Giants to give up Santa Clara for free? They will be compensated, just not to the degree that many are expecting, since the A's and MLB are aiming to move to San Jose after AT&T Park's debt is settled. But nevermind that the A's gave up Santa Clara for free, I won't bother going into detail again of Haas' part in helping the Giants stay in the Bay Area.
If anybody is painting false pictures, it's you. Oakland city officials aren't the problem, it's your ownership and their alienation of the fanbase. Putting up tarp to suppress fan attendance while raising prices won't gain you popularity. And it makes you question what the true intentions are, which we already know is to move to San Jose. And Wolff isn't the first to alienate the fans, he's just becoming the biggest antagonist as time goes on. Face it, poor ownership is the reason the A's are in the spot they're in and it starts with Steve Schott.
Schott disses playershttp://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Schott-hits-A-s-players-hard-3126779.php
In '96 Schott traded Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley, and lets Tony LaRussa go because he wanted to shed salaryhttp://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/A-s-Must-Lick-Credibility-Problem-2992806.php
Same year, Co-Owner Ken Hofmann openly threatens to leave Oaklandhttp://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Leaving-Area-Not-a-Logical-Move-for-A-s-2981001.php
Schott trades McGwire after Big Mac openly criticizes ownershiphttp://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/THE-BIG-DEALS-THE-A-S-McGwire-finally-traded-2831502.php
Here's a direct quote from Big Mac in that article:
"I would say it's going to be pretty interesting the next couple of years to see what the new owners are going to do," McGwire said. "The fans will come if you win."
Here's a brilliant one! 1998 A's ownership sues Oakland-Alameda County. Their claim was that renovations by the Raiders to the stadium was the cause for poor attendance! Really?!http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/A-s-Demand-48-Million-From-County-Stadium-3015450.php
March 1998 South Bay developer Lew Wolff states his intent to get a team in San Jose.http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Developer-San-Jose-Is-Big-League-Option-for-A-s-3010267.php
March 2001 Schott attends Santa Clara County council meetinghttp://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-on-Offensive-to-Keep-A-s-Team-2939768.php
July 2001 Jason Giambi wanted to give the A's a hometown discount but it was Schott who nixed the deal. It wasn't the money that was the dealbreaker, Giambi wanted a no-trade clause.http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/A-S-NOTEBOOK-Schott-firmly-against-no-trade-2898354.php
August 2001 ownership shocks fans and city officials by announcing a sale of the team is on the verge to Hollywood producers with Las Vegas tieshttp://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/S-F-merchant-faces-500-fine-from-city-for-3325976.php
Weeks later, Santa Clara breaks off talks because they're angered by the news of the salehttp://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Santa-Clara-won-t-pursue-A-s-stadium-talks-2884338.php
March 2002 Oakland City Council holds a meeting and presents a plan to build a new stadium for the A's. NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OF THE ORGANIZATION ATTENDED THE MEETING!http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/New-ballpark-remains-crucial-for-A-s-2864547.php
2005 Wolff officially takes over and lays out a scenario to get the team to move to San Jose, where he said he'd want to years ago.http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/A-s-fans-hope-new-owners-won-t-skip-town-Head-2719186.php
Wolff decides to tarp the 3rd deck . A more baseball intimate atmosphere?http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/A-s-park-dressed-down-decked-out-2556013.php
April 2006 Wolff says Oakland is "too built up." Plans to move to Fremont.http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Fremont-A-s-Las-Vegas-A-s-Omaha-A-s-2538116.php
March 2009 Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums asks Bud Selig to work with him to build a new ballpark for the A's. Oakland's voice falls on deaf ears.http://www.sfgate.com/athletics/article/A-s-ownership-giving-Oakland-the-cold-shoulder-3168012.php
Same month Wolff again announces plan to move to San Josehttp://www.sfgate.com/athletics/article/A-s-owner-prefers-to-relocate-team-to-San-Jose-3167212.php
Yet I'm the one lacking knowledge about Oakland and their "non-support" of the A's?
Seems as though you're mistaken. Mistaken and delusional with your support of Wolff.
Leave it to Rickey Henderson to best summarize the whole situation. In the same 1998 article that contains the above Wolff quote, Rickey all but shakes his head at how Schott was running the A's at the time. Rickey said: "Oakland can support a big-league team … The Haas family put more into the community. That's why they had the support of the community."