Issue: Fan focus
Analysis: The paltry attendance figures in Oakland aren’t going to change in any dramatic way anytime soon, but already they’ve become something to which some folks are pointing as evidence that A’s fans are bad fans.
That’s so patently unfair it’s ridiculous.
Should fans show up in droves to support a team whose ownership has kicked them in the nether region repeatedly over the past several years? You’re going to say they aren’t “real” fans because they don’t want to spend their hard-earned dollars in support of product giving them zero reason to support it?
Stop it. Now.
The A’s do, in fact, have good fans. I covered the team for a decade as a daily beat writer. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. They care. Deeply. Passionately.
But everyone has a tipping point, and the combination of the perception that ownership has no interest in remaining in Oakland, along with Major League Baseball’s puzzling refusal to address the stadium situation, represents that tipping point.
And the truth is that more than A’s ownership, this problem is the product of Bud Selig’s ineptitude. The oft-criticized “blue-ribbon panel” that the commish appointed three years ago? The one he’s said has the issue squarely on the “front burner”? The one he says is moving quickly toward a resolution?
It’s a joke.
A’s fans are not. They’re simply fed up, and rightly so.