8th ave wrote:I guess I'm the only one here from Oakland so here's my take on the whole situation.
My biggest gripe with the move has to more with timing than anything. Had this been done 5 years or something, I don't think I'd give a rat's ass. The thing is that there is new ownership, new front office, new players, new regime, and a new big man that I'm really excited about. Things are finally starting to look up and just about when they do, I get news that the team is moving to San Francisco. It kind of takes away from the feeling that this is "my team".
Here's another thing you probably don't realize: even though it isn't the "Oakland Warriors", people from Oakland still claim them as their team. I don't know if you're a Sharks fan or not, but imagine if they sucked for the entire length you followed them, and things started to look up, and the team gets shipped to San Francisco? It takes a toll on me personally because I've watched them for so long and I told myself that it was going to pay off one day but before it did, the team moved.
And yes, I totally understand that it's just across the bridge, and that's cool, but it takes away from the "it's mine" feeling. I'm still going to be a fan. I'm not irrational enough to just disown them, I've invested too much time and interest, but to belittle the fans that are upset is kind of, for a lack of a better word, mean and inconsiderate. Most of them are just upset and are expressing it in ways that don't make much sense, but most of them are probably just like me.
Think about it. Who the fuk is going to be like, " Oh, no it's okay guys. It's just across the bridge!" Hell nah. The more natural reaction is to be sad, upset, and angry that your team is moving away. If this kind of **** happened to the Kings, Giants, Raiders, Niners, A's, or any other local team, I'd have more empathy towards the city they were leaving.
At the end of they day, nothing we do is going to change it. I'll embrace it sooner or later, but right now, it's fukking sad.
+1. I very much like your argument, and can understand and even agree with it a little bit more now. If I think about how it might feel to go from having a concept that the team represents you, and the area you grew up or lived in, and now they are moving, I can understand your hurt (as a fan).
It is hard for me to agree with becuase I am from SJ, and I want to be able to go to the best venue possible. I have had many dates, and family outings on Pier 39, and that is just a short walk down fro the new site. I can see myself going with the family to enjoy a complete day, going to the pier, then finishing up at the game. For me, it is a win/win.
So, I think it is fair to ask those from Oakland to be open minded that this is still their team, and it is still the team for the other Fans in the Bay, and as Guybrush pointed out, in other places in the world. At the same time I think it is fair as you pointed out, to try to be understanding and considerate for those who ARE losing a piece of their relationship to the team. I will no longer argue or ask any Oaklanders to get over it, but will just keep saying that I hope it is a move for the best for all the fans. (until the pier breaks in an earthquake and goes into the water along with the 900 thousand fans inside).....
I hope you all agree, no mater what side of the bay you are on.