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A's Owner Wolff Says Sewage Problems Won't Push San Jose Talks With Selig
Published June 18, 2013
NOTHING NEW: USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale writes it would be "humorous if this was the first time this occurred, but it happens with such regularity, Wolff and A's general manager Billy Beane say, they've almost become immune to having that can of Lysol close by." D'Backs P Brad Ziegler, who played four years with the A's, said, "It was just a matter of time. When I played there, four or five times a year you smelled sewage. You never saw it dripping, but when it smelled that way you knew it had to be leaking somewhere." Nightengale writes the Coliseum is an "eyesore nobody wants to fix," and the A's "continue to endure the elements while the franchise and the Giants merely stare each other down across the backyard fence" (USA TODAY, 6/18). CBS Sports Network’s Allie LaForce said, “You want people to come to the games, you want to sell out. They finally get a sell-out crowd ... not at the end of the season but pretty early in the season, and you can’t even hold it.” CBSSN's Doug Gottlieb: “There’s some great history in that stadium but that’s what it is, it’s history. You have to get them a new building” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 6/17). ESPN's Michael Wilbon said of the ballpark, "That's the biggest dump in American sports, worse than Candlestick even" ("PTI," ESPN, 6/17).
SELIG DESERVES BLAME? In San Jose, Mark Purdy writes, "No one deserves more blame than Bud Selig." Instead of "boldly carving a path for such a sensible move, Selig has chosen to be intimidated" by the Giants' claim of territorial rights. A commissioner who has been "bold in so many other areas ... has decided in this one particular area to be so namby-pamby." It is now "clear that the commissioner wants nothing to do with untangling the A's situation during the rest of his term" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 6/18).