Posted June 17, 2013

A’s owner apologizes for raw sewage leak at stadium

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The A's and Mariners were forced to shower together after a raw sewage leak at Oakland's stadium. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The A’s and Mariners were forced to shower together after a raw sewage leak at O.co Coliseum. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics are enjoying another wonderful season, having baseball’s best record since last July 1 and currently owning a three-game lead in the American League West heading into this week’s showdown with the second-place Texas Rangers.

But that’s where the smiles end. The A’s stadium is causing major headaches for the A’s and any team who visits the O.co Coliseum, which opened in 1966.

A’s owner Lew Wolff apologized to the Seattle Mariners and complained to Major League Baseball officials about the stadium conditions, including a raw sewage leak that forced the A’s and the Mariners to shower together in the Oakland Raiders‘ clubhouse. Mariners manager Eric Wedge even had to hold his postgame press conference in a hallway because his office is overrun with sewage.

“If we keep this up the next few months,” Wolff said to USA Today. “I’ll start to get cocky. It’s all a bunch of crap. It’s a sad situation. I’m not the one in charge of raw sewage. Then again, maybe I am.”

More from USA Today:

The Coliseum is owned jointly by the city of Oakland and Alameda County, and operated by the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority. And, if you haven’t heard, the city of Oakland’s financial situation and pressing needs elsewhere don’t exactly put the Coliseum’s infrastructure at the top of its priority list.

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13 comments
frangooch32
frangooch32

San Jose is a one horse town. But if that's what Wolff wants, then that's what he does NOT deserve. Make him sell, then move the team.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

So, sabermetrics doesn't have an answer for everything.  "Moneyball," that's cute.

And let me guess, while the City / County own the sad stadium, Wolff, Fisher & Beane can pick-up & move the team when the urge strikes, like, not getting a new, 50% tax-payer funded stadium?  "Moneyball."  Hope they work it out.

The stadium has seen better days but those seating-views & panoramic feel at OAC are terrific, something the new stadiums give short-shrift, favoring the box-style (build up & up).  Better than domes, I guess.

Zach
Zach

Let's invite Bud Selig down to the o.Co for a game some time...invite him to wear his nice shoes. Maybe then he'll realize how much the A's need a new stadium in the San Jose area.

touseyd
touseyd like.author.displayName 1 Like

@Zach How bout ownership ante up and pay for a stadium like the Giants former ownership did instead of complain and try to get a stadium in another teams territory!

A's
A's like.author.displayName 1 Like

@touseyd @Zach the A's should have kept the rights to San Jose and not given to Giants and let them move to Florida.

touseyd
touseyd

The a's never had the rights to santa clara co. Just like the giants didn't have the rights. Haas chose not to fight for the territory and giants claimed it. Go freshen up on ur bay area sports history.

GoneNow
GoneNow like.author.displayName 1 Like

@Zach You'd be talking to the wrong guy. Talk to the city of Oakland instead.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Are there no plumbers in Oakland? Are there no pipe fitters?

Tony3
Tony3

@Rickapolis  sure, theres lots of plumbers, but oakland, like most of california is broke, they have a ghetto to support

JoeNatomas
JoeNatomas

@Rickapolisyes but the stadium's owner, the City of Oakland, refuses to pay local plumbers. In this case the City of Oakland is basically a slumlord. This is why MLB should allow the A's to move to San Jose, a first-world city that welcomes them and has cash on hand to support big league sports.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@JoeNatomas How many people in San Jose? Really, I don't know. Can they support a MLB team? I know that have the Sharks, of course, but there are 81 home games for baseball ((about half that for hockey, of course, and a much smaller arena) so that requires a large enough fan base to support it. Can they do it?

IrikEdens
IrikEdens

There are 1 million people living in San Jose not including all the people who work in San Jose but live somewhere else. There's also all the surrounding suburbs totaling a population around 3 million.

IrikEdens
IrikEdens

You are clearly an idiot. San Jose is the tenth largest city in America and has more fortune 500 companies then any other city in the country. Only San Diego and Los Angeles are bigger cities than San Jose in CA.