At least that’s what KTVU’s Lloyd LaCuesta believes he has discovered:
KTVU’s Lloyd La Cuesta came up with a letter from Bud Selig to Lew Wolff stating: “I have decided that in the event you are not able to promptly assure the implementation of the desired park in Fremont, you may begin to discuss a ballpark with other communities.”
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty told La Cuesta he interprets this as a green light for the A’s to look at San Jose, which has been off limits because MLB put Santa Clara County in Giants territory and Selig has refused to discuss changing that.
Bloggers in-the-know interpret the letter to mean the same thing: San Jose is A-OK.
Which makes oodles of sense. Yes, San Jose is technically in the Giants’ territory, but it’s a big ol’ city in its own right, it’s much more culturally distinct from San Francisco than the East Bay is (if that makes any sense), and given the geography of the place, San Jose is probably less likely to draw fans away from AT&T Park than Oakland did back when people used to go to A’s games.
No matter the case, anything that breaks down baseball’s illegal and ill-advised territories racket is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.