Out of Touch: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s ridiculous comments about Oakland A’s fans will make your blood boil
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed the Athletics relocation plans to Las Vegas and the recent “reverse boycott” held by Oakland fans earlier this week.
To put it as simply as possible, Manfred didn’t seem too concerned over Oakland A’s fans situation. To take it a step further, Manfred basically insulted what remains of the Athletics’ fanbase.
Rob Manfred on the Athletics’ Relocation
‘The real question is, what is it Oakland was prepared to do? There is no Oakland offer. OK? They never got to a point where they had a plan to build a stadium at any site. And it’s not just John Fisher. The community has to provide support.”
Manfred on the reverse boycott by fans of the Oakland Athletics
“I mean, it was great. It is great to see what is this year almost an average Major League Baseball crowd in the facility for one night. That’s a great thing.”
Manfred on studies that say stadiums do not generate significant local economic growth
“I love academics. They’re great. Take the areas where baseball stadiums had been built. Look at what was around Truist Park before that was built. … Academics can say whatever they want.”
The Oakland’s Mayor’s office released a statement pushing back against Manfred’s assertion that there was no offer from Oakland
Honestly, who lets Rob Manfred talk to the public and why doesn’t anyone help him answer questions so he doesn’t always sound like a complete asshole every time a quote is released?
This guy is in charge of Major League Baseball and is constantly making “mean girl” statements when talking about players and baseball organizations. It’s honestly pretty incredible how big of a smug, disinterested asshole Manfred can be when speaking about the league that he is in charge of running.
A part of me somewhat respects his blatant disregard for literally anything but at the same time, this isn’t someone who should be in charge or at the very least, speaking for Major League Baseball.
Rob Manfred. Read the room buddy. Literally no one is on the side of Major League Baseball or John Fisher and the A’s organization.
Every single person in America is on the side of the Oakland Athletics fans who came out to support their team with a “reverse boycott” and instead, you throw out some lousy sentences littered with shade to the fans because they showed up once and the attendance was “right around MLB average” this season?
What an asshole. Also, it’s like he missed the entire point of the reverse boycott. Wake up Rob!
Manfred won’t wake up, however. Just think back to when he called his own league’s championship trophy a “piece of metal” after the Houston Astros were caught red handed cheating their way to winning a World Series.
Here’s what Manfred told ESPN about the piece of metal:
“The idea of an asterisk or asking for a piece of metal back seems like a futile act. People will always know that something was different about the 2017 season, and whether we made that decision right or wrong, we undertook a thorough investigation, and had the intestinal fortitude to share the results of that investigation, even when those results were not very pretty.”
So again, this type of behavior isn’t anything new from Rob Manfred. He’s an asshole that could give two shits about his job, players and organizations that work for him, and most importantly baseball fans.
Bryce Harper, one of the few faces of Major League Baseball came out in support of Athletics fans and the team remaining in Oakland yesterday.
Bryce Harper on the Oakland Athletics moving to Las Vegas
“I feel sorry for the fans in Oakland,” Harper said, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “It’s just not right. They have so much history in Oakland. You’re taking a team out of a city. I’m pretty sad because of all of the history and all of the greatness they’ve seen there. I see the A’s as Oakland. I don’t see them as Vegas.”
“Those fans (in Oakland) are so passionate, they bleed green,” Harper said. “I’m not sure what they’re going to be, or how they’re going to be in Vegas, but it won’t be the same. Pretty small market.”
“I don’t think they should use the A’s name,” the 30-year-old said, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic. “I really don’t. I don’t think it’s fair to anybody in Oakland for that to happen.”
But nope, this brain dead idiot Rob Manfred didn’t get the message.
The Phillies will open up a three game series against Oakland tonight at 9:40PM.
Taijuan Walker on the mound.