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As an A’s player, the sole motivation is to achieve individual statistics worthy of notice to merit a trade or free agency to a contender so there is a chance for a play-off appearance and maybe a World Series. Must be depressing as a player to enter the clubhouse every day knowing the front office has no interest in putting a contender on the field. Talk about the dog days of summer in MLB…….
Trust, shmrust. The Giants keep their good players, the A’s don’t. That’s the difference. Hopefully the A’s will change their philosophy someday but right now it’s tough to be an A’s fan, it really is.
Lowell, I hope it was only in jest that you called the A’s “small market.” That describes only the team’s mindset, which is to lie to the world about their financial prospects while trading away all their players and raking in tens of millions of dollars in revenue sharing money every year. Anyone who cries “small market” for the A’s is believing Billy Beane and Lew Wolff’s lies.
The bay area is a lot of things, and “small” isn’t one of them. It’s home the most beautiful city on Earth, and happens to be the tech capital of the world. Bay area fans support the Giants, Warriors and Sharks because guess what, all of those teams win. They even support the Raiders now that they are a franchise on the rise, and when the A’s were going after championships they used to draw 3 million fans a year.
The only professional team not being supported is the A’s and that is because the team has abandoned its fans during Billy Beane’s tenure as GM and owner. Beane is continually praised for his horse trading that never results in a pennant or a championship, and the team has never been serious about building a new stadium.
The only hope for A’s fans is for Billy and Lew to sell the team to Joe Jacob or Larry Ellison or someone who wants to win. The A’s ownership group are the most cynical losers in all of sports.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.