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The A’s? The A’s are the degenerate relatives in the sports family. The Deliverance delivery to fans if you catch my drift. An owner who goes to games in disguise as Michael Jackson..or somebody since the press NEVER posts a photo him at a game. NEVER,EVER,EVER, as Taylor Swift would say. Or Tim Kawakami.
The A’s are pathos mixed with Nazi facism. You hate them to no end.
John Fisher and Lew Wolff are the metastatic cancer to MLB. No cure.
Every year you do this, and every year you purposely leave off the Sharks, which makes this article pointless and rather ridiculous. The Sharks are the 2nd most successful bay area sports team of the last 15 years (2nd only to the giants). And San Jose IS a bay area city, the biggest city, much bigger and more respected than Oakland, a city so unpopular one team chose not to use the cities name as its own, and a city which has all 3 of its sports franchises trying their best to exit as quickly as humanly, and legally, possible. No one want to hear your excuses for leaving them off, you claim to be a bay area sports writer, how about actually educating yourself on them. I’d love to see what happens if the A’s can somehow get to San Jose, long shot for sure, but the territory rights levee will break eventually..
Because hockey is soccer on ice- booooorrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiinnnnnnggggg.
And baseball isn’t??? Both soccer and hockey are constant action sports…the same way that basketball is, it hardly ever stops. Baseball and football are very much 3 second sports, a team run and offensive play or a pitch is thrown, typically its 3 seconds or so of action (be it a run or pass, or a swing and hit or strike) and then 20 seconds of the announcers talking to keep our attentions (replays upon replays of a guy handing the ball of or throwing the ball).
Hockey, ESPECIALLY playoff hockey, is the antithesis of boring.
Now I am a big baseball fan and die hard football fan, but I see that they are stop and pause sports whereas soccer, hockey, basketball are flowing sports, very few breaks in the game (except the 4th quarter of a 5 point basketball game, then its all breaks).
Uh, right. The “constant action” explains being left off Lowell’s list and Playoff Hockey getting annihilated in the TV ratings at a truly historical rate this year. Look it up, hockey on TV tanked like the Titanic. Cry about it all you want, but people don’t give a care about hockey. And it’s not because it’s a better spectator sport than baseball or basketball.
You don’t seem to be understanding the issue. This isn’t about which is more popular, because yeah, baseball and football win hands down, this is strictly about an article talking about the bay area sports team and leaving off one of the “big four” teams…a team who has been the 2nd most successful team over the last 15 seasons (and has been the most consistent during that time). Its a shot at San Jose by a notorious East Bay elitist who probably still views San Jose (et al) as just a bunch of orchards and IBM. Sharks hockey averages 18k per game, which is a sell out and exceeds capacity, whereas the A’s are 10k less than a sell out per game, and have tarped off 20 thousand seats and still don’t sell out, and are way below league averages whereas the Sharks are 1k more per game than league average.
And if you find baseball entertaining but soccer and hockey boring, theres something wrong with you. I can understand the preference for basketball or football, but a sport which itself is trying everything it can to be more exciting, quicker, and skew younger is not one you can defend as more exciting than soccer and hockey, again, especially playoff hockey which is intense and edge of your seat beyond belief.
At some point the other owners will tire of writing checks to Lew and the Fisher kid.
Until then, the Athletics will continue to provide a 4A Incubator for talent too good for the minors but not quite ready for the majors.
Everybody wins except for the poor misguided souls who hand over their hearts and wages to this fraud of an organization.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.