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An Impromtpu Inverview with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

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. 

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