Oakland Coliseum

Unfortunately, the sell out crowd for the A’s – Mariners game on Sunday “overloaded” the sewage system in the Coliseum, causing raw waste to seep into the clubhouses of both teams. How a 6 day home stand with only one sell out could overload a stadium’s sewage system is beyond me, but supposedly this is a pretty common occurrence at the Coliseum, which, as we all know, is the best stadium in baseball. The Mariners and A’s were forced to use the same clubhouse on the second floor after the game, the one the Raiders use, and I’m sure there was no shortage of bare ass towel snapping given the beat down the A’s enacted on their west coast brethren on Sunday.

Buster Olney seems to think this will be the impetus for MLB to get over themselves and force a move for the A’s new stadium, but I don’t see it. There are so many different obstacles standing in the way of a new stadium in the greater SF/SJ area. Unfortunately for Lew Wolff and south bay tech magnates who like 10 dollar garlic fries, the A’s will not be moving to San Jose anytime soon, due to a slew of different land rights issues  (including the Giant’s claim to the area). Even if they did work it out the move right now, the stadium in San Jose hasn’t even begun being built. As for the city of Oakland, they are doing nothing to try to get a new stadium in place, which is what they’ve been doing for 20 years, and that is never going to change unless a private group builds it. If you want great in-depth information on the ongoing struggle for a new ballpark, this site can explain it far better than I can.

The details on this backup are pretty unsavory; it was so bad that the Westside Club’s kitchen (up on the 300 level) had to be shutdown because sewage was coming out of the sinks. Lew Wolff couldn’t even eat his dinner, the poor little mongrel! I’m sure he convalesced to his office and wiped his tears away with money.