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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
A's owner shows he's far removed from fan base

ShysterBall points to a canny column from Ann Killion about A's owner Lew Wolff picking a bad time to trash his product:


I don't have much to add here. Except that when the A's won 93 games in 2006, they didn't draw 2 million fans and ranked 12th in the American League in attendance. Lousy ballpark? Sure. But the A's did draw more than 2 million in 2002 and in 2003, and they also won the West both years. In 1990, they drew nearly 3 million. Same city, same ballpark (and yes, I know about Mount Davis).

I'm not going to blame Lew Wolff's pronouncements for the Athletics' poor attendance, in either the past or the future (and the A's attendance this year will most assuredly be poor, again). I suspect that their poor attendance in recent seasons has more to do with the exodus of star players than anything else. But it's a vicious circle. The A's lose their stars, and the fans stay away, and the owner rips the city and the ballpark, and more fans stay away, and more stars are lost …

At some point, the owner is supposed to step in and say, "You know what? Our situation might not be ideal, but we're going to be here for a while so let's make the best of it. After all, we're all in this together."

But I guess when you're a billionaire, it's not easy to think that way. Because deep in his heart, Lew Wolff knows we're not all in it together.