Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff may have finally revealed his true colors today in comments made publicly about the troubled Los Angeles Dodgers franchise.
In comments made to the Associated Press, Wolff noted, “For the good of baseball, I sense that all of us would like to get the Dodger situation behind us for everybody’s benefit.”
Wolff also told the Los Angeles Times that, “My hope is that the Dodgers will be sold to a party that will restart this great franchise”.
Considering Wolff himself has run the A’s franchise into the ground during his five years of ownership, it was a highly laughable comment for him to make publicly.
Last time anyone checked, Wolff’s Oakland teams have never finished above .500 in a full season under his ownership — while the beleaguered Frank McCourt’s Dodgers were in the National League Championship Series two years in a row before his divorce case began to unravel the Los Angeles franchise.
And it was Wolff himself who chose to close the third deck of the Coliseum after buying the team in 2006, even though the A’s had home-field advantage for the American League Championship Series later that year.
The team has been in decline since, both in attendance and on-the-field performance while Wolff has failed repeatedly to secure a site for a new stadium to be built — while also caring little about his team’s win-loss record.
Considering Wolff’s Los Angeles real-estate roots and close ties to Selig — the two were fraternity brothers in college, and Wolff recently noted, “Bud has been a friend of mine for 50 years” — Wolff may be salivating at the chance to get his hands on the Dodgers instead of the A’s.
And where would that leave the A’s franchise, proud winners of nine World Series titles — third-most in baseball history — if Wolff “traded” Oakland Green for Dodger Blue?
The A’s fate then could be in the hands of Selig, who could easily fast-track a franchise move to San Jose — but won’t, not even for his good friend of 50 years. And Oakland’s lease to play at the Overstock.com Coliseum expires after the 2012 season.
Selig has actually known of the “San Jose A’s” potential since 1997, and yet he still does nothing to put a baseball team in the tenth biggest city in the country. There are myriad reasons why, of course.
So as Wolff makes his silly comments and judgments of Frank McCourt, Oakland fans have to start seeing the writing on the wall.
And it’s sad, considering just five years ago, the A’s were a nationally-relevant team with an energized fan base — before the big, bad Wolff came to town and shredded that success almost instantly.
If the A’s end up in Charlotte or San Antonio in 2013, it’ll all come down to the terrible ownership and the disgusting duplicity of Lew Wolff.
Not to mention Bud Selig, of course, who Wolff claims is “the best commissioner in the history of baseball.”
To paraphrase John McEnroe, he CAN’T be serious.
But he is.
Thus, these two clowns deserve each other in the Pro Sports Hall of Shame, that’s for sure. It’s just wrong, though, that the city of Oakland and its fans are the ones who will pay the price.
At least Baltimore and Cleveland got new NFL teams after their beloved organizations left town. Heck, even Charlotte got a replacement NBA team. Atlanta got a second chance in the NHL, too.
Oakland will have no such luck as long as Selig remains entrenched as the baseball commissioner.