For A's fans and Oakland partisans, Wolff's courtship of other Bay Area
cities must feel like a philandering husband loudly sizing up future
prospects while sitting in his current wife's kitchen and emptying the
fridge. But there's plenty of betrayal and ill-will to go around here.
The San Francisco Giants have long been loath to allow a competing
franchise to flounce into San Jose and woo away its well-heeled fans.
But did team spokeswoman Staci Slaughter really see fit to tell the Merc that Santa Clara County is "the heart of our fan base in many respects"? Oh, Staci, you done me wrong! I thought we was your steady! I thought San Francisco was your No. 1!
remains to be seen just how accommodating San Jose will be (and how
unaccommodating the Giants plan to be). The South Bay city has long had
a Cinderella-like inferiority complex regarding San Francisco, as San
Jose has grown larger and more industrious than the city -- yet is
still regarded by many as a parking lot. It has hoarded sports teams --
any sports teams it can get -- in compensation.
The old Bacharach ditty queries, "Do
you know the way to San Jose? They've got a lot of space. There'll be a
place where I can stay." It will be interesting to see how this applies
to Lew Wolff. I wonder if he'll find peace of mind in San Jose.
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