Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, a member of the Oakland A’s Spanish Announce Team, fired some flames at the team’s majority owner, John Fisher, and criticized the franchise’s impending move to Las Vegas. The Athletics are looking to land in Sin City by as early as 2025.
“If you tell the fans right now that Mr. Fisher is selling next week,” he said in an interview with SFGate, “there’ll be a parade in Oakland. I don’t want the team to leave.”
“I want the team to stay,” he said.
That sentiment arises from the deal that Fisher struck with The City of Las Vegas for a$1.5 billion stadium on the Tropicana site on the Las Vegas Strip. And needless to say, with such lavish new digs, there are plenty of other perks that come along with the team’s transition, as well.
While it’s clearly a sweetheart deal for the owner and the franchise, it’s also become a PR nightmare for both them and Major League Baseball. A very vocal movement has now emerged, imploring Fisher to cash out by selling and just get the $1.1 billion team valuation in cash.
Pi-Gonzalez sees it that way. He feels like the fans in the Bay Area have been mistreated, and that the whole situation has been mishandled.
“I think this could have been handled in a more professional way. And it hasn’t,” the broadcaster said. “I blame both the city of Oakland, and I blame the A’s. I don’t have any connections with the city, I’m not into the politics of this, but I know that they were negotiating, and all of a sudden the A’s said, ‘No, we’re leaving for Vegas.’ Then they bought some 40 acres there. Then two weeks later, ‘No, we’re not going to buy that. We’re going to go to the 9 acres.’ It looks to me like it was done in haste. I don’t know. I don’t see the plan.”
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“The plan is to leave Oakland, I know that. They did tell me we’re going to play here next year again. That’s the only thing they told me…”
It’s just, to me, it’s not professional the way they’ve been doing this.” the broadcaster concluded.