Amid all the talk this week that new challenges in Fremont could be thawing San Jose’s long-frozen hopes for landing a showpiece A’s stadium, city officials Wednesday were cool to tepidly optimistic when it came to relaunching any all-out push to woo the team’s owner, Lew Wolff.
One one hand, there’s Mayor Chuck Reed: “I won’t be calling,” he stated. “Lew’s got my phone number.” Not that he won’t listen if Wolff or his partners decide to give him a ring — with at least one, um, minor caveat.
“He’ll have to bring his checkbook,” the mayor said. “We don’t have any money.”
Good for Mayor Reed!
Not that there’s total opposition to the idea, as others in San Jose government are at least thinking about it. And unlike in Fremont, an environmental impact study has already been made for at least one potential stadium site. Click through to the article for some cool graphics showing how an A’s stadium might fit into San Jose.
As I’ve said in the past, I think the idea of the A’s in San Jose makes a lot of sense. I’ll admit, however, that this is merely a gut feeling. Any of you Bay Area dwellers have any local insight on this? Either in terms of practicality (i.e. Would people go? Are there any non-obvious problems with baseball in San Jose?) or in terms of likelihood (i.e. will San Jose never allow it).
Like I often say, this is an interactive forum, so if you have any thoughts on the matter, please, enlighten us in the comments below.