Let's Go, Tokyo Athletics of Fremont including San Jose!
by Ken Arneson
I'm still debating whether to get up at 3am tomorrow morning to watch the A's season opener against the Red Sox in Tokyo. Back in my college days, staying up all night to finish an essay or cram for a test had little effect on me. But ever since I hit my mid-thirties, missing out on sleep affects me both mentally and physically for days. I suppose if I go to sleep about 10pm, and wake up at 3am, I could get by on five hours of sleep, but it's not easy for me to fall asleep at 10pm. I guess it will be a game-time decision. I'll put a game thread up, in any case, if there are any other crazy souls out there.
Starting the season in Japan is interesting, but in a way, I would have preferred seeing the two weekend games against the Japanese teams on TV, rather than the two games against the Red Sox. I mean, we get to see the A's play the Red Sox many times every year, but how often do we get the chance to see the A's stand in against the Giants or the Tigers?
Well, er, I mean, these (Yomiuri) Giants or these (Hanshin) Tigers. Really, though, the A's travel thousands of miles just to face the Giants and Tigers? How boring is that? C'mon! Give us some Dragons or Buffaloes or Ham Fighters (yes, I know, I know) or Lotte Marines! Sheesh.
The A's are technically the home team in these contests against Boston, but the crowd will likely be decidedly pro-Red Sox, because of their Japanese players. But perhaps Lew Wolff could change that. We know that when the A's move to Fremont, he plans to name the team the Something Athletics of Fremont. Wolff probably wants to name them the San Jose Athletics of Fremont, but Bud Selig doesn't want the A's to name the team after a city which is in another team's territory. So heck, why not call them the Tokyo Athletics of Fremont, officially? Play a few games in Tokyo every year, make the A's into Japan's Team™, and watch the dough start to roll in.
I also have a suggestion for Wolff on how to get around the problem of San Jose being inside Giants territory. Just move San Jose itself into Alameda County. It can be the new trend. Instead of relocating franchises from city to city, you just relocate the entire city. QED, problem solved.
I'm not sure how we would chant for our team if Mr. Wolff followed all these suggestions, but we'll work something out. We're a resource bunch, we A's fans.