I missed this from the other day, but Oakland’s City Attorney John Russo has ripped A’s owner Lew Wolff a new one:
Oakland A’s managing partner Lew Wolff is a talented and smart businessman.
But if Wolff thinks anybody is buying his sob story about why the A’s have to leave Oakland, he’s seriously underestimating the intelligence of the team’s fan base, the press and the people of this city.
Wolff has been telling reporters and anyone who will listen that the A’s have done everything possible to build a new ballpark and stay in Oakland. As Wolff put it in a recent press release, the team has “exhausted (its) time and resources over the years” with the city.
Claiming the A’s have made an exhaustive effort to stay in Oakland is like George W. Bush saying he did everything he could to stay out of Iraq – it’s not a “reality-based” statement.
Here is the truth: A’s owners and Major League Baseball have been plotting to abandon Oakland for at least 10 years. They have never been partners in the city’s efforts to build a new stadium and keep the franchise in Oakland.
Russo goes on to detail the nature of the farce that has been the MLB’s putative efforts to keep the A’s in Oakland (which he calls “collusion”), and winds up by saying “The idea that the A’s have made an exhaustive effort to stay is disingenuous at best.”
I’d be far less likely to take this seriously if we didn’t have an excellent example Major League Baseball and a Bud-friendly owner conspiring to kill a team already. So as it stands, yeah, I think Russo is right.