News for 7/2

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The Bay Area is entering Day 2 of “BART-mageddon” with no end in sight. As commuters scramble to figure out how to go about their daily lives BART management and the unions blame each other for the lack of progress in negotiations. As expected, traffic is worse than usual and other forms of public transportation are at capacity. Regardless of how you feel about the situation (I believe management and the unions are both to blame) unless a deal is reached soon the entire series with the Chicago Cubs will not have BART service. One has to wonder how this will impact attendance.

About 15-20% of fans use BART to get to A’s games on a given day. With the Cubs making their first-ever, and possibly only trip to the Coliseum, it stands to reason that many people may miss out on a small piece of history due to the strike. Surprisingly, the team has yet to issue a travel advisory and I’ve been checking my email all morning and waiting. Fortunately this whole mess really doesn’t affect me since I live in Fruitvale can walk to the stadium (and have) and have no reason to commute now otherwise (ie: I need a job).

Hopefully a resolution can be negotiated soon, but it’s not looking good at the moment. For those of you who have to brave the chaos try to keep yourself composed and calm and remember we all rely on each other to get through these things. SFGate has provided some commute options that may help ease the pain.

In other news…

  • The Port of Oakland is now meeting, as in right as I type this, in a special session to possibly approve settlement terms with SSA Marine at Howard Terminal. If the settlement is approved it would clear a major hurdle in the push for developing a clear vision for a stadium plan in Oakland. At this point there is no reason to believe the settlement won’t be approved as SSA and the Port of Oakland have been in discussions for a while and would likely want to avoid any further legal procedures. With that out of the way terms of site cleanup and gauging environmental concerns would likely be the next tasks to tackle.
  • Minor league pitcher Justin Thomas exercised the out-clause in his contract and became a free agent yesterday, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Thomas, who has spent parts of four seasons in the big leagues with the Mariners, Pirates, Red Sox, and Yankees, started 16 games for Sacramento and compiled a 4.48 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 84.1 innings of work.
  • Jarrod Parker is scheduled to test his right hamstring in a bullpen session today, according to MLB Injury News. Parker left Saturday’s game after 48 pitches in the fourth inning after feeling his hamstring seize up during his last pitch. Parker should make his next scheduled start, Friday in Kansas City, if all goes well.
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3 Responses to News for 7/2

  1. If they’re real A’s fans they can find a way to the game and drive like the rest of us. Go A’s!

  2. Rebecca says:

    P.S. Go A’s!

  3. Rebecca says:

    This BART strike is a hot mess!

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