Chip Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle is miffed that Lew Wolff isn’t even considering Oakland in the effort to get a new stadium for the A’s. Fair enough, even though the economics probably aren’t on his side. But then Johnson trips the light moronic:
In light of the team’s stated unwillingness to even consider another proposal for an Oakland-based stadium, city officials should seek the help of congressional representatives in finding a way to persuade league offices to help find a suitable alternative.
In the absence of that help and the continued unwillingness of team officials to even consider another site in Oakland, the city should follow Cleveland’s suit, and sue for the right to retain the team name and first consideration the next time a ball club wants to change location.
In 1995, the Browns announced their intention to move to Baltimore and a year later, they became the Ravens.
Whether or not Wolff, a developer and businessman, recognizes it, the Athletics baseball team is synonymous with Oakland.
You would think that an editor would require Johnson to at least mention Philadelphia or Kansas City before saying such a thing. Then again, given how unstable things are at the Chron these days, I suppose they’re too busy updating their resumes or applying to law school or something to care.