Friday night I was at an event in the Santa Clara Convention Center. I spotted Chuck Reed. My mind was on the A's, so I went up to him and asked him a couple of questions. I hope it is responsible writing to report what he said. I am going to keep the quotes off of it, in case I paraphrased. I hope I didn't write anything he wouldn't want to see printed.
Me: Hi Chuck, how's it going?
Chuck: Good, how are you?
Me: Are the A's moving to San Jose?
Chuck: I hope so. They are supposed to make a decision soon.
Me: Is there a place picked out for a new stadium?
Chuck: Yeah, it's on Park a little south of the Shark Tank. Where the old NBC 11 building used to be.
Me: Cool, thanks. Nice to see you.
Chuck: Nice to see you too.
So what I have been reading at Athletics Nation, and have read other places, I heard from the Mayor of San Jose. The A's are seriously considering moving to San Jose. I'd sort of rather they stay in Oakland, but I think they are overdue for a new stadium. What I liked about what Mayor Reed said is, he wants them. To paraphrase Cheap Trick, I want politicians to want the A's. Their greatness should be self evident. The benefit of a new stadium to a community should be self evident. Somehow I get the vibe Oakland politicians can't see it. I figure I have been to the Coliseum 10 times a year for the last 10 years. Every time with my wife. Although we sat in many different sections, from behind the dugout on the day Kielty hit a winning blast and Duch closed against the Red Sox, to the Wednesday night we paid $1 to to sit in the 3rd deck and watch Chavvy hit a walk off against the M's, my guess is between us we spent an average of $70 per game, including food, which we bought at every game. 70 x 100 = $7k, real money we spent in Oakland. The only other money I ever remember spending in Oakland was to see Wolfmother at the Fox Theatre.