We are reminded daily of the uncertainty
of the future of the A's in Oakland.
From the lords of baseball (owners) to the Politicians, we
keep getting these ominous signals of
doom and gloom.
Somebody better remind Mayor Jerry
Brown that this is America.
Somebody better remind Oakland's Board
of Supervisors and the Oakland City Council that
Oakland is a city in America.
American cities get recognition in America,
not only because of their Colleges and
Universities and Industrial Parks, but also
because of the history of success of their
professional sports teams.
The Oakland A's have a rich and honorable
history in Baseball. The City of Oakland
must remain a Major League city because it
has everything to gain from it and give to it.
Just ask Commissioner Selig what the "Brewers"
did for Milwaukee and I'm not talking about
Miller and Pabst Blue Ribbon. The Commish
should remind his Blue Ribbon Committee
that Oakland, like his Milwaukee, is a working
man's town. It is blue collar, made up
of people who expect good value for the
dollar they spend.
The Commish should remind his Blue Ribbon
folks how some of his 'ol boys ' had
doubts. They said those Milwaukee "Dutch"
people would not support a baseball team.
Just ask the Commish what the "lords of
baseball" did to the Milwaukee fans in 1965.
They decided that, even though the Milwaukee
Braves had 13 winning seasons, they should
be moved to a larger market where a great TV
audience was waiting in Atlanta.
Milwaukee fans waited and got their baseball
back after another five years. It was another name and
another league, the Milwaukee Brewers.
Somebody better remind the politicians of Oakland
and the Baseball Lords that it was the Eddie Mathews
and the Johnny Logans who were responsible for the
love and history they now have in Milwaukee.
The baseball they now love in Milwaukee, even
if it was by another name.
Cities fight for the honor of hosting a baseball team.
In the process taxpayers are hustled out of their
hard earned dollars to finance baseball for private
gain. Somebody must take responsibility for that.
Somebody must be reminded of how to do it right.
Somebody better remind Mr. Selig, and the city
people of Oakland, how sad was the sound of
that bugler playing Taps in the outfield while
Eddie Matthews came to bat in the eight inning
that September 22, 1965.
Don't let that bugler play taps in outfield in Oakland!
by Diamond Lil
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