I don’t usually blog about baseball, but today I’m riled. I’m not a hard core baseball fan, but I’m not an enemy of the game either. Beside watching my brothers play little league (and even acting as scorekeeper for their games on multiple occasions), I quite enjoyed the handful of Major League baseball games I’ve attended over the years — even the Red Sox game I went to with my Organometallic Chemistry seminar my junior year, where the skies opened up and soaked us at the top of the seventh inning.
Assuredly, I have mostly paid attention to MLB in order to track the fortunes of the Cubs (since I know that should they win the World Series, it’s time to drop everything so I can go home and face the apocalypse with my family). But I have begrudged no one his or her opportunity to enjoy the game.
But peaceful coexistence is off the table when they decide to move a major league stadium to my town.
Yes, the Oakland Athletics have decided to abandon their current home at the Oakland Coliseum (officially, the McAfee Coliseum). They’ve announced that they plan to build a brand new ballpark in Fremont, with state of the art wireless technology, which should improve the game, uh … how exactly?
The team wants a new place to play. That’s fine. But, they’re moving from a location that is currently served by mass transit — which at keeps freeway traffic from getting nearly as horrible as it could on game days — to a site that is about as far from existing mass transit as you could imagine in Fremont city limits. But it is near a freeway that is already, under normal conditions, so congested that it drives people to eat their own young.
Way to endear yourselves to your new host city, A’s!
Also, has a new baseball stadium ever been a good deal, economically, for the city in which it’s built? Again, I don’t usually follow such things, but my sense is that the people take one for the team in deals like these.
And Cisco, corporate entity offering land for the park? Before I had no strong feelings about you one way or another, but now, you’re on my list. (It’s a serious list.)
If anyone has it in their power to arrange a season-long Major League Baseball strike once Cisco Field is built, I’d be much obliged.