Now Introducing The Las Vegas Athletics
Baseball fans, listen up! The Oakland Athletics, an iconic Northern California team, may be on the move. That's right, they're considering packing up and heading to the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Now, we know what you're thinking. The A's have been a fixture in Oakland for over 50 years. It's tough to imagine them playing anywhere else. But hear us out. Las Vegas baseball officials insist the city is ready to take on a Major League Baseball franchise. And they have a point.
Las Vegas has been home to a Triple-A team since 1983, and currently, the club is the Athletics' affiliate. This weekend, the city is even hosting a two-game spring training series between the A's and Cincinnati Reds at the impressive Las Vegas Ballpark.
According to Don Logan, president and COO of the Triple-A Aviators, "Las Vegas had always been a unique sports market, a really good sports market. It makes sense. Las Vegas offers a dynamic that no other team has. We have 45 million visitors annually in this market, and that's what we want -- heads in beds. That's what Las Vegas is about."
And let's not forget about the climate. With temperatures regularly hitting 110 degrees in the summer, a retractable-roof stadium would be a must. But that's a small price to pay for the opportunity to play in a city that's hungry for Major League Baseball.
Sure, it's tough to say goodbye to the loyal Oakland fans who have supported the A's for so many years. But let's not forget that this franchise has moved before. They started in Philadelphia, then moved to Kansas City before finally landing in Oakland.
Former A's player Jason Giambi, who was at Saturday's Cactus League game with his traveling youth baseball team, said it best: "to be relevant anymore in baseball, you have to be competitive." A move to Las Vegas could give the A's the boost they need to compete at the highest level.
Potential stadium sites include the current locations of the Rio and Tropicana resorts, making for a unique and exciting atmosphere that can't be found anywhere else in the world.
So, while nostalgic reasons may make most fans want to see the A's remain in Oakland, this franchise has moved before, and Las Vegas would just be another new home for a franchise on the go. Let's see where the future takes us!