Blackfoot wrote:It's understandable that they want a monopoly in this area, but I just don't approve. The A's tried to give up land for the Giants when they needed it, but the Giants ended up buying that land. We did the right thing for that time and we did in fact used to have that territory. And now that the fortunes are reversed, we are not being allowed to move to San Jose because like you said, the Giants want to keep their monopoly. The A's should have a right to fair competition in that area. I just don't feel the argument the Giants have a right to a monopoly.
But that's just my point: he keeps alluding to the A's being the rightful owner of San Jose, but I can find no such resource to backup that claim - in the article or otherwise. Since that fact cannot be verified, it can't be used in the argument and my rationale remains the same.
I'm in no way advocating a monopoly, but you have to deal with places like New York City, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles different than, say, Cleveland or Orlando.
In New York, both baseball teams carry the NY moniker, but to make things easier to understand, let's just go by stadium and say the Yankees are from the Bronx and the Mets are from south Queens. If the Yankees wanted to move their stadium to Brooklyn, you can bet that the Mets would take issue with that because they practically own South New York. And if they then asked to move to Manhatten, all hell would break lose because Manhatten literally divides the territory. To inherit the border is, in effect, to expand your territory. I wouldn't blame either NY team trying to veto a move to Manhatten by their opposition:
And that's exactly what's happening in the Bay. To me, San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas... It should all be off limits. It's literally the dividing point in the territory:
San Jose is the exact border of both team's territory, the Southern tip of both West and East Bay. The Giants aren't trying to monopolize the Bay, they're simply trying to keep their territory as large as the A's. What's the problem with Berkeley or Fremont or Hayward? Why, exactly, are the A's so intent on getting out of the east bay?