Bud Selig is a pretty outspoken guy. As baseball’s commissioner, you have to be sometimes. He is also very well-respected and widely considered the best commissioner in all of sports. When you have a sport that seems to be growing and the attention baseball has gotten in the past few years is seemingly at an all-time high.
What does this mean for Selig? His words will always be criticized and publicized. In a recent interview on CBS Radio, Selig had this to say about the Oakland Athletics‘ O.Co Coliseum:
It’s a pit. It reminds me of old County Stadium and Shea Stadium. We need to deal with that. I’ve had a committee working on it [relocating] for two or three years, and there’s no question we’re going to have to solve that problem.
What does Selig mean that he wants to relocate the Oakland Athletics? Well, it’s been known that the attendance during A’s games has been called “depressing” by Oakland owner Lew Wolff. In fact, the move has been talked about and the destination has been placed in San Jose, Calif. — which is in San Francisco Giants‘ territory.
The Giants don’t want the move to happen because that is where they make money and the A’s desperately need out of O.Co because it’s exactly what Selig said — a pit.
It leaks sewage from time to time, and the fan base has not been coming out in big numbers until playoff time. For a team that is the best squad in the AL West, it’s hard to see such a poor showing from fans and a poor stadium to play in.