Hey folks, I know it’s been a few days since my last update, but I was pretty busy during the weekend with a few social engagements and finally getting my apartment clean the last two days. I’ve been a bit out of the baseball loop to say the least. I probably didn’t need to be so rigorous in getting my place straightened out, but OCD will make convoluted demands of you. Thankfully, I was able to get everything done in time to do some tailgating before the A’s defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 Monday night. I rolled into the parking lot at around 5 and joined up with a bunch of the usual suspects from the bleachers. I was immediately drawn to a conversation that right field regular Tony “Two-Tone” was having with a friend of his whose name I can’t remember.
Unbeknowst to me, Clorox CEO Don Knauss was on 95.7 The Game earlier in the day and did an interview with Chris Townsend. You can listen to the interview here.
Interestingly enough, I was wondering a few days ago what had happened to Knauss and Clorox. It was last May that the Clorox Company held a press conference announcing its intention to spearhead the effort to keep the A’s in Oakland. After seemingly fading into the background it looks as though Knauss and Co. are getting prepared to submit research and other data to MLB in the coming weeks.
My guess is they’ve been quietly going about getting information and preparing a proposal of sorts for the past year.
There’s still some questions that need to be answered, mainly concerning the financing of the project (total cost, who will be paying what, etc.), but for those who wish for the team to remain in Oakland it’s good to see a clear vision begin to take shape. Oakland has long suffered from unfocused efforts, so getting everybody on the same page would be a significant achievement.
This isn’t the first time Knauss has been involved with a stadium project. He had a hand in designing Minute Maid Park in Houston, and also secured the naming rights deal to the stadium during his tenure as CEO of the famous juice company in 2002.
It will be interesting to see how his experience with Houston affects his, and ultimately Clorox’s, approach to getting something done.
The next few weeks should be a puzzling, yet exciting time for A’s fans as the San Jose lawsuit ramps up, the Clorox Company makes its pitch to get in the ball game, and most importantly, the team heads into the halfway point of the season with expectations getting higher with each win.
In other news….
- Catcher Stepehen Vogt made his A’s debut last night, going 0-for-3 with an RBI on a sac fly. Although he still is looking for his first MLB hit, Vogt seemed composed at the plate and made Cincinnati pitchers work to get him out. Since this team tends to avoid sac flies like a devout Muslim steers clear of pork, it was extremely encouraging to see the new guy make the smart play.
- Susan Slusser reported last night that the portions of the clubhouse level that were damaged by the sewage backup during the last game of the previous home stand were completely cleaned and renovated with the work being completed last Wednesday. Among the work done was new carpeting, sheetrock, drywall and tile installed in the showers, bathrooms and training rooms, along with some hallways and in the visiting clubhouse and the umpires room. A’s vice president of stadium operations David Rinetti announced plans to conduct regular checks on all pipes and sewage lines to avoid any further issues.
- Eno Harris of fangraphs.com wrote an informative article detailing the rise of Josh Donaldson to the major league level and the learning curve he has experienced at each level of professional baseball. For those of you looking to get a deeper understanding of Josh’s success in 2013 this article is a must-read, and has a fantastic mix of statistical and mechanical analysis.