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April 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm ET
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Excuse Us, We’re Professionals Here

The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum (say that in a Howard Cosell voice, please) (and Ok it’s o.co park or whatever but that’s just not right) isn’t the oldest stadium in major league sports, by a long shot.

It is, no doubt, the worst.

You know about the raw sewage that attacked the dugouts and clubhouses and backed up pipes that tend to linger, the lack of amenities for fans, and the less than stellar sight lines. You know that when the Raiders came back to Oakland, they basically ripped up the place to meet the ego of Al Davis.

It’s a dump – and it’s always been a dump. It was a dump in the 70’s (thanks to Charlie O. Finley’s miserly ways) and it’s a dump today. The A’s don’t draw well, and never really have, in some part thanks to the park.

Well, add on-field incompetence to that list.

The Athletics had their first rain-out in a while early this season, and had to play a double header against Cleveland Wednesday. Thursday, they played the Mariners.

There was a chance of rain for early Friday morning. Mind you, the field already suffered through one rain out earlier this season.

The A’s, though, didn’t trust, believe or got the forecast wrong. So despite the fact the field took water earlier in the week, they didn’t cover the field.

It rained. It rained a lot. Overnight rains were up to three inches.

The field wasn’t covered until it was basically too late.


When the Mariners and Athletics came out to the park, they found a quagmire. Instead of a major league stadium, they were stepping on a Duck Dynasty Swamp.

Both teams said, “Nope. Not gonna play today.”

So while the night was very nice and clear, the game was postponed due to the wet field.

This is why Oakland can’t have nice things. Despite a great team and solid organization, something has held back the A’s from making a World Series.

I think it’s the stadium. The ghost of Charlie O. looms large, and he’s taking out his disdain for Bowie Kuhn to this day on the Stadium.

I mean, that’s the ONLY reason for the foul stadium, right? It couldn’t be MLB and the Giants not wanting them to go to San Jose because of ‘territory’ or reasons or whatever.

Frankly, I hope Oakland make the World Series, and the sewers back up into Bud’s box. That’d be Karma…or something.

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