We couldn't be more excited about the City Council meeting scheduled at around 6 p.m. this Tuesday night at Oakland City Hall to approve the Victory Court ballpark EIR contract. (It starts at 5:30 p.m., but the A's item will start a bit later.)
Either way, let's all be there, A's fans!
The 200-plus A's fans who packed Oakland City Hall three weeks ago left that night with the kind of big smiles and good vibes that we haven't seen with the Green-and-Gold since the Tejada/Tim Hudson years.
After years of being told what they are not, A's fans reveled that night in how great their city, their baseball team, and yes, even they themselves, can be. Enjoying the break from being constantly put down by team owners, A's fans instead felt a sense of optimism. Passion. Pride. Unity. Community. That's what baseball is supposed to bring to a city. Remember when Oakland A's baseball was always about that? It wasn't that long ago. Now, the meeting this Tuesday evening at Oakland City Hall is another chance to recapture that spirit.
An author I once saw at a Marcus Books reading in West Oakland put it best. She said, "Thanks for coming out to see me. But then again, you didn't come out to be with me, did you? You came out to be with each other."
That's the power of sports in one quote. Sure, it's great to win, but even when you don't, that strong sense of community that a baseball team delivers to its region is what really brings people back to the ballpark year after year.
They call the holidays the most wonderful time of the year. What will be even better is the thrill of Opening Day 2015 at an Oakland A’s new ballpark at Victory Court. This Tuesday, hopefully, that beautiful dream will be one step closer to reality.
Be there on Tuesday night, A's fans. Let's go, Oakland!
WHAT: Oakland City Council Meeting
WHY: Approve Victory Court ballpark EIR
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21
WHERE: Oakland City Hall
ADDRESS: 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th St. & Broadway)
BART: City Center/12th St. station, PARKING: Clay Street Garage (on Clay St. between 14th & 16th streets)