Usually in extortion cases, the party doing the extorting doesn’t meet with the victim until after all of the damning information is assembled. They must do it differently in California:
A committee formed by the commissioner of Major League Baseball to study the Oakland A’s stadium dilemma met for the first time with Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and other city officials Tuesday morning.
“It was an excellent meeting,” Dellums said afterward. “We’ve begun an excellent dialogue. We’ve agreed to meet on a regular basis and our hope is that we will come to some fruition at some point down the line. … Obviously, on our side, we want to keep the Oakland A’s.”
Does anyone have any faith whatsoever that the marching orders of that committee aren’t to come up with a document which paints baseball in Oakland as an essentially doomed enterprise? If I were Dellums I’d tell them to pound salt. At the very least I’d jack the rents up to the stratosphere when the A’s lease on Oakland Coliseum expires in 2010. They gotta play somewhere, so no sense in not making a few extra bucks off the team that’s been openly disrespecting you for some time now and no doubt intends to bolt at the first opportunity.