Oakland Athletics co-owner Lew Wolff is good at exploiting an edge when it comes to his battle with Alameda County and the city of Oakland over the aging Oakland Coliseum.
After a sewage backup during Sunday’s game at the Coliseum forced the A’s and Seattle Mariners to share a locker room, Wolff told USA Today, “It’s all a bunch of crap, It’s a sad situation. I’m not the one in charge of raw sewage. Then again, maybe I am.”
It is clear the Coliseum’s innards, built in 1966, may be past the point of merely patching up. A’s officials last year toured the stadium with members of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to point out the bevy of leaks springing from the edifice.
Wolff also told USA Today, another sewage leak last Wednesday closed a kitchen in the stadium’s second-level Westside Club. Other teams, including the rival Los Angeles Angels have made official complaints about the state of the visiting clubhouse.
Really, it is nothing new, just publicized in a far more gruesome fashion after Sunday’s embarrassing spillage. The Los Angeles Angels, who play in Oakland nine times during the year, have filed complaints in the past about the conditions, worried about E. coli in the training room.
Earlier this year, Wolff masterfully turn the tables on Oakland city officials who claimed he never sent a proposal for a new five-year lease at the Coliseum. City Administrator Deanna Santana and her assistant Fred Blackwell had to back track when Wollf’s email was located among a pile of correspondence leftover from the Christmas break. Needless to say, the media assault by Wolff made the city look like bumbling idiots.
The Coliseum Authority meets this Friday for its regularly scheduled meeting at Oracle Plaza Club, 8:30 a.m.