If you're one of many hoping the Athletics stay in Oakland, you're probably feeling like hearing some Etta James right now. Reports are out this morning -- the first coming from Nathaniel Grow on the Sports Law Blog -- that MLB, in court documents, has maybe put the kibosh on the A's move to San Jose.
It is unclear exactly what has happened in these clandestine communications because neither side is offering them up at this point.
Was the entire concept of the A's moving to San Jose rejected? That's how it was explained by Grow. Was it just the current proposal, meaning a better one would get approved? That's what sources are telling the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.
Was it a real rejection at all, or just legal maneuvering to get the courts off Commissioner Bud Selig's back?
Who knows, at this point. MLB is refusing to release the official documentation in which it told the A's no. But either way, for the first time in years, San Jose, the A's, and rejection have managed to be in the same sentence. No, it's not the preferred affirmation of love. It's more like hearing through the grapevine your boyfriend might stay with you because it won't work with the girl he really wants. But when you're in love, that sounds much less like desperation and much more like hope.
To steal a line from Lloyd Christmas: "So you're telling me there's a chance!"
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan should be somewhere two-stepping in the name of love at the mere thought of baseball ending the territorial rights struggle. Even if the rejection is just of the proposal, perhaps it's enough of another hurdle to inject a little life into the movement to keep the A's in Oakland.
If this is what longing East Bay hearts think it is -- the first sign of A's ownership coming back home to smooth things over with its main chick -- then the "StAy" movement might've just gotten new life. Pride will be swallowed. Apologies accepted. As long as they come with a proposal. Just get on one knee, pop the question and let's start planning this wedding with some serious movement towards a new stadium for the Athletics in Oakland.
The ring isn't even necessary at this point.