I am stunned... nay, shocked!!!... because I actually agree with and like something Scott Boras has said. The following link will lead you to an article by Ken Rosenthal that lays out the reasons the A's need to move to San Jose. The reasons, to me at least, are blindingly obvious.
A's need to get moving or else
I'll summarize my thoughts again...
- Emotionally, in my heart, I want the A's to stay in Oakland.
- Logically, in my head, I just don't see it happening. Plus, even if it were to happen, I believe that the team would still be a "2nd tier" team, forever in the shadow of that other team... whatever their name is. Oakland is simply less-than-ideal. (I also have zero faith that the Oakland powers-that-be can actually pull it off.)
- San Jose, while still technically the same area regardless arbitrary metropolitan area boundaries, is distinct enough to give the team an identity of it's own... which it so desperately needs.
My only real quibble with Rosenthal's piece is the Expos/Nationals/Orioles comparison. The Expos were not already in the area. They moved from far away. The two bay area teams, regardless of further arbitrariness in the form of MLB territories, already share the same area. Granted, there would be some affect to both teams, but not nearly the affect that the Orioles had to endure. This is not the apples-to-apples comparison that some like to portray.
My big question as of right now... What the hell is taking so long for a Blue Ribbon Committee decision???