Also, I’d be curious to hear some of the anecdotes from your Queer Psych class version. In all honesty, I was kind of hoping to hear some of that as part of your write up here given our “not really always about sports” centricness.
Did you get the sense that Forst believes the A’s projection systems are superior to PECOTA, or do you think he recognized that he can’t stand up there and say, “We’re probably gonna crash and burn with this group because they all overachieved at the same time”?
Also, your question to BoMel was awesome. I love you, Kay.
I’ll say this about BaseballOakland, and I’m sure if anyone from the site is reading this I’ll get a highly opinionated rebuttal that’s long on rhetoric and short on substance, but it’s clear their overall agenda is more anti-owners than pro-Oakland or anything else. Whenever I’ve seen something put out by them, it’s been high on that particular bias whether it’s justified or not. In some cases it is, but in many ways it’s just full of one-sided opinions.
To me, they go so far in pushing their agenda that they ignore the reality of a number of things, not the least of which is the City of Oakland’s own mishandled role and fault in the team/stadium mess. It may be true that Wolff ultimately wants out of Oakland, but the way some people have reacted to it you’d think he wanted to move the team to Alaska.
So often, all I hear is how awful and evil Wolff is, how much he hates Oakland, the fans, the stadium, whatever. Rarely do I hear about how the city itself has had chances to move forward with their attempts to secure a legitimate ballpark site. The latest? The city not even doing the EIR yet for the Victory Court site. Without that, that location is not even on the map. The city itself has botched a number of thing for years where the A’s are concerned, especially when the Raiders came back, and it’s no wonder there’s little to nothing going on between the A’s and the city. I’d still like to see the A’s stay in Oakland if something realistic can be worked out, but I’m more concerned with them being a successful franchise than I am about whether they’re in Oakland or San Jose.
As for FanFest itself, I don’t think BaseballOakland’s overall agenda of being anti-ownership fits the purpose of the day. It’s supposed to be a celebration of the team and the fans, a way to get excited about the new season – especially after last year – and it’s not a time to talk about San Jose this, Oakland that. No doubt, if it’s true the team denied them access to the fanblog side of things, it’s because they did not trust them to refrain from playing politics at a time it’s inappropriate to do so. As it is, where fanblogs are concerned the team has a right to say no if they don’t like the message being pushed by that site. Nobody is entitled to special access simply because they run a site.
Kay, good work with the summary and giving a bit of a glimpse into what was discussed with Melvin, Forst and Gallego. I don’t really have much to add to it aside from that, but I’m glad you got to be a part of it.