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A's Ink 20-Year Deal With Mesa; Set To Take Over Cubs' Spring Training Home
Published March 6, 2013
HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT? ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote of A's Owner Lew Wolff and the ongoing attempt to build a new ballpark in San Jose, "To say that Wolff has tried to play nice is being polite." Wolff has been "strung along by Major League Baseball, which formed a committee to study this issue so long ago that you might need carbon dating in examining some of the documents it has generated." But "even if the Athletics got the OK to move today, it would be years before they would play their first game in San Jose." The A's "need a game-changer, to push things along." Wolff "probably needs to stick his elbows out and start pushing" (ESPN.com, 3/5). CSNBAYAREA.com's Ray Ratto wrote of the A's potential move to San Jose, "If this is ever decided, it will be decided in only one way, the one way the A’s seem so reluctant to try. To work the other 28 owners the way politicians actually do work." Ratto: "In hallways. On the phone. At meetings. By showing them the money they can all collect if the A’s were allowed to move. You know, by actually WORKING THE DAMNED ROOM." But the A's have "hitched their wagon to the laughable strategy" of letting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig do the "heavy lifting, which he doesn’t want to do while he is still in the corner office." The A’s "aren’t showing the urgency to get anything done at all" (CSNBAYAREA.com, 3/4).