Despite Tuesday’s successful “reverse boycott” at the Oakland Coliseum, in which more than 27,000 fans went to the stadium, enjoyed the game and chanted for Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher to sell the team, there is still a plan in place to relocate the franchise.
The idea is to be playing in Las Vegas by 2028, and lawmakers are hammering out the details for the Nevada government to fund the construction of a stadium on the Las Vegas strip.
It’s a sad end for a city that hosted multiple World Series and thrilling playoff moments.
They will keep playing in Oakland for a few more years, but Fisher and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred have made it clear that they don’t see a future in Oakland.
Thousands of true fans, however, will be left with nothing but memories.
Speaking of Manfred, he referred to the A’s situation.
This is what he said, according to The Athletic’s Evan Drellich:
Rob Manfred on A's: pic.twitter.com/DZT0cJe1KF
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) June 15, 2023
Manfred says he feels for A’s fans.
Whether that’s true or not, fans are the clear victims here and not the culprits of the A’s relocating.
Whenever the A’s were competitive, fans were there.
Now, it’s irresponsible to expect fans to fill one of the oldest, least attractive stadiums in MLB when the on-field product is closer to a Triple-A squad than a big league team.
Ownership traded Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Jesus Luzardo, Sean Murphy, Chris Bassitt, Frankie Montas, and many more impact players in the last two years.
They tore up the roster to make it cheaper.
Perhaps Fisher, Manfred, and others didn’t like Oakland anymore, but true fans are the ones losing here.NEXT: Video Shows A Special Moment For Oakland A's Fans