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Why tonight’s A’s home opener feels like countdown to oblivion

Friday, April 6, 2012

imageLet the hand-wringing begin. The orphaned A’s have their home opener tonight against the Mariners. Matthew Artz sets the tone in the Oakland Tribune, noting that the team is coming off baseball’s lowest attendance figures, the Coliseum is the oldest ballpark in the majors, and owners Lew Wolff and company have bled the payroll with an eye toward a future in San Jose. Yet, on the bright side, there’s this:
For all of its warts, the Coliseum, fans say, does one thing better than many of baseball's gleaming new publicly subsidized stadiums -- it makes baseball accessible to the entire public. The best seats in the house for an A's game typically go for $46, less than half the price at AT&T Park.
Meanwhile: The Giants open this afternoon in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks.
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