While I would just as soon prefer the A’s saga not get played out so publicly in the media, it makes sense for members of the ownership group to circle the wagons when they get attacked. And so minority partner Guy Saperstein wrote into the Trib with a strongly worded rebuttal of City Attorney John Russo’s letter last week. Saperstein, a retired Oakland lawyer who contributes to several left-leaning websites, doesn’t quite fit the profile of collusive carpetbagger many have bestowed upon Lew Wolff. I will be curious to see if, oh, Zennie Abraham and Rich Lieberman devote as much blog space to Saperstein’s letter as to Russo’s.
Saperstein ends with a sentiment echoed by this blogger and many others (though not all) throughout A’s fandom:
What is most noteworthy about Russo’s commentary is what it fails to identify: A single viable stadium site in Oakland. Russo writes a long commentary claiming that “feasible options for a new ballpark” exist, and that it only takes “imagination” to find it, then fails to identify a single feasible option, or indeed, any stadium option.
The time is long past for platitudes and empty rhetoric from grandstanding politicians who aspire to be the next mayor. If you have a secret stadium site and plan that no one else has yet seen, Mr. Russo, let’s see it.
The key word there, of course, is viable. I guess we’ll find out if it exists in a week. Can’t wait.
On a related note – how many more lawyers are we going to hear from? I’ll put the over-under at 3.