According to a report from Deadspin.com, Major League Baseball decided to pull a video touting the city of Oakland and the history of the Oakland A’s last week.
With the A’s game against the Detroit Tigers on the horizon today and a trip to the American League Championship Series on the line, the video has appeared once again on YouTube:
O.co Coliseum, or as I still call it, the Oakland Coliseum, has been under well-deserved scrutiny as of late. Sewage leakages have occurred at least twice this year. One occurrence saw A’s coaches crawling over dugout benches to avoid the nastiness.
Lew Wolff, the outspoken controversial public face of ownership, had the gall to call out fans for not showing up to the stadium with his team doing so well.
“There is something wrong here,” Wolff told USA TODAY Sports. “You would think that with our lead, people would want to come out, count down the magic numbers, and all that stuff.
“Even if you’re not a loyal fan, you would think this time of year, where the teams are in the standings, and where every game means something, people would come out.”
Well, maybe if there wasn’t human excrement pouring throughout the stadium, fans would show up Lew.
Top that off with the A’s very public desire to move from the city of Oakland – most notably to San Jose – and it brings about curiosity as to why this video would be pulled. It seems harmless enough.
Is this an attempt by A’s ownership and MLB to curb fan enthusiasm to help necessitate a franchise move? Who knows? But it is definitely strange that it wasn’t played in the stadium, as was planned.