Is that a nice move by the A’s? You bet. It’s very gracious.
Page B5 says, “Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on an amazing season. Like everyone else, we’re inspired.”
I’m touched, I really am.
But I also can’t help but read between the lines and the real message I see in this ad is a not-so-subtle effort to plant a delicate kiss on the rear end of Giants owner and steadfast opponent of the A’s effort to move to the South Bay, Bill Neukom.
What the ad really says is, “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let us move to San Jose without a fight.”
I guess it can’t hurt to suck up and grease the wheels for a move to San Jose but part of me finds it kind of sad and pathetic because I know that “we’re inspired” probably doesn’t really mean anything for the product the A’s put on the field.
Is A’s owner Lew Wolff “inspired” to spend more money on the A’s so they can field an offense that can fully support Oakland’s amazing young pitching staff?
I doubt it.
My guess is that what the A’s organization is really inspired to do is push harder than ever to get out of Oakland now that every casual fan in this neck of woods is acting like they’ve always bled orange and black.
I’d like to see the A’s ownership act inspired to field a great team and inspire some enthusiasm among the fans in the Bay Area.
Spend money on players, make going to a game more affordable for families, advertise more, bring back Fanfest and throw in some winter caravans around the Bay Area to connect with fans.
Those are just a few ideas for the A’s to show that they’re inspired to do something other than fill out a change of address form as soon as possible.