Bay Area Buzz 10/24: Giants Set for Game 3, A’s Renew Agreement with San Jose


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Giants Set for Game 3

"OK, San Francisco Giants fans, face it: You did not expect the Orange and Black to waltz into Kansas City, eat some barbecue, listen to some country music, and oh, yeah, sweep the Royals in the opening two-game set, played in front of frenetic fans, who have waited three decades for the opportunity to cheer on a world series.Even after Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval, bushwhacked the Royals in Game One, it was still unreasonable to expect that the red-hot Royals, winners of eleven consecutive postseason games, dating back to 1985, were going to roll over, put their boots in the sky, and die.So the fact that the Giants absorbed a Game Two thrashing, 7-2, does not come as a shock. When it boils down to it, the loss was was actually almost perfect, as losses go.The Giants did not get blown out in the first inning; they did not lose in a walk-off. They managed to get a good outing from their starter, even if it fell an inning or so short, and if there was going to be a bullpen meltdown, at least it came from the two individuals, most likely to fill that role, based on this season’s playoff performances.…Now the Giants return for three games at AT&T Park, where the noise level will be equally cacophonous, except that it will be in support of the Orange and Black, instead of the reverse. Again, it is not reasonable to expect a series-sweep, because two of three from the Royals is all that is needed."

Mark O’Neill, Around the Foghorn

A’s Renew Agreement with San Jose

"The A’s and San Jose agreed on a new seven-year deal to continue negotiations on a potential ballpark in the South Bay city.A’s co-owner Lew Wolff, contacted by phone Thursday night, said the move is mainly “procedural.” The A’s have had an option in place to buy five acres of land in San Jose to build a ballpark should they ever get the green light to do so. That option was set to expire in November, so this deal replaces that old one.Obviously the A’s are trying to keep all avenues open even after signing a 10-year lease extension in July to remain at Coliseum. That lease contains language that allows them to leave before the 10 years are up.“We want to stay in the Bay Area,” Wolff said. “We need a location. There’s a lot of work to do. It’s the same old story.”No concrete plans have come together yet for a new baseball stadium in Oakland. However, there’s been renewed buzz about the possibility of a “Coliseum City” sports and entertainment complex centered on the site of the current Coliseum. A new investment group reportedly is willing to get involved in that project, with the idea of possibly building stadiums for both the Raiders and the A’s.Wolff has expressed interest in building a ballpark at the Coliseum site but has said the team would want to have control over any such project."

Joe Stiglich, CSN Bay Area