Stadium issues distracting from A’s success on the field 

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  • The A’s spat this week with the Coliseum over lease negotiations was the latest issue to take attention away from the team.

With a young, fresh and exciting team that's so deliciously anonymous it sometimes feels like a supremely badass Triple-A squad running roughshod on the big leagues, the A's deserve to have whatever very little focus is typically trained upon them to spotlight what's happening on the field.

Alas, with everything from Bud Selig's glacial "blue-ribbon" panel, to Brad Pitt's star turn as Billy Beane, to the nixed Fremont move, to sewage issues at the Coliseum, to the fruitless fight with the Giants over San Jose, to rainouts without rain, to Oakland mayor and human Sour Patch Kid Jean Quan's buffoonery, and the current and perplexingly complicated staggering state of general uncertainty, the focus almost NEVER seems to be on the field.

I'll see your back-to-back American League West championships, and raise you a nasty deluge of statements and press releases surrounding the broken-down lease negotiations.

Such a shame. And here we are, falling into the trap again. The space in which these very words appear is supposed to be reserved for the intriguing likes of Sonny Gray, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick, and yes, for better or worse, Daric Barton. Instead, it's populated with Jokeville Juicers such as the Selig, Quan and Curly. Or is it Moe?

Hopefully the following words of advice, humbly submitted to the senior leadership of the A's organization, does a little something to ensure that this space forever returns to between the white lines: Guys, it's called the high road. Take it one time.

No more publicly defending your stance, no matter how much misinformation is out there. No more statements from the president, dripping with disdain and covered in condescension.

And for the love of Nolan Ryan, no more emails from the press guy to the media -- subject line: Sharing an Article -- that includes a pro-A's-side-of-things story "with which A's ownership fully agrees."

Shameless. Borderline childish. And worst of all, defensive. You're better than that, A's. If you know you're right -- and if Quan is the opponent, you almost certainly are -- be at peace with it.

NEXT GAME

A's vs. Astros

WHEN: Today, 11:10 a.m.

WHERE: Minute Maid Park, Houston

TV: CSN California

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Mychael Urban

Mychael Urban

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Mychael Urban has been covering Bay Area sports for 25 years and has worked for MLB.com, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and KNBR (680 AM).
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