If you tend to read things too quickly, especially headlines, you could be forgiven for misinterpreting one or more of the following headlines I gathered for the Google:
- A’s general manager Billy Beane says he expects to remain in Oakland (Joe Stiglich, BANG)
- Beane says he’s staying put, says A’s told stadium decision soon (Susan Slusser, SFGate)
- A’s could hear soon on possible move to San Jose (Janie McCauley, AP)
See, I read the headline from the Stiglich “…Beane says he expects team to remain in Oakland”. Everything we’re hearing is still so fuzzy and noisy, perhaps all headlines require a double take.
Again, there isn’t any legitimately new news, only a shift in tone that we’re detecting. In Slusser’s piece, Beane walks back the moving talk slightly:
“Over the course of the 2 1/2 years we’ve been told it,” Beane said. “So this time, I’m going to believe it.”
The difference between now and the previous 2 1/2 years is that Beane hasn’t spoken out about the decision much, only to say that the A’s need a new ballpark.
Lest you think the organization only hires company men, there is this quote from Bob Melvin (via the AP piece):
“Lew won’t want to hear this, I kind of like the place,” Melvin said. “I grew up here, I went to concerts, it’s well-documented. I know that it’s outdated and we need a new place.”
Then again, if Melvin is still A’s manager come 2015 in a San Jose ballpark, you can expect him to praise the new venue profusely (without dumping on the Coli too much).