Oakland A’s remove ‘Rooted in Oakland’ sign; Dave Kaval explains why

Rooted in Oakland no longer, the A’s finally ditched their slogan this week.

The A’s have removed their infamous “Rooted in Oakland” sign that was plastered across the Coliseum and visible from Interstate 880.

A helicopter for ABC 7 caught video of a person on a crane scraping off the vinyl sign into small pieces on Monday. The A’s then replaced the giant sign with several smaller photos of historic moments in A’s history.

Thursday, team president Dave Kaval shared photos of the new signage via social media while saying the 2024 season “will be a celebration of our 50-plus years in Oakland.”

Another “Rooted in Oakland since ‘68” banner on the south entrance to the ballpark remained in place as of Thursday afternoon, but an A’s spokesperson confirmed plans to remove that sign, too.

The A’s have been using their “Rooted in Oakland” slogan since 2017, when they announced the advertising campaign in a press release. The campaign “emphasizes the club’s commitment to building a ballpark in its longtime home city,” the team wrote, while Kaval was quoted as saying, “Our fans and community will know that the A’s are truly Rooted in Oakland.”

But after years of failed ballpark proposals and disagreements with the city, the A’s announced their intentions to move the team to Las Vegas last April.

Last weekend, Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao explained that she has only spoken with A’s owner John Fisher twice: once when she first entered office in 2021 to discuss building a new ballpark in Oakland, and again last year, when he called to tell her the A’s were leaving.

“I took him on his word (in 2021),” she said Saturday while talking to the hosts of “Foul Territory” at Fans Fest, a celebration of Oakland sports at Jack London Square. “The next time I spoke to him he said, ‘We’re going 100% focus on Las Vegas,’ when we were this close to getting a deal. That goes beyond any sort of respect I have.”

The 2024 season will be the A’s 57th and possibly final year at the Coliseum.

The team’s lease expires at the end of the season and Thao has made it clear she isn’t willing to extend it unless MLB meets her lofty demands, which include a guarantee of an expansion team, and the team name and logo remaining with the city.

Given the near-impossibility that MLB meets those demands, the A’s are expected to leave Oakland to play in a Triple-A ballpark in either Sacramento or Salt Lake City, though they’d need to have that plan approved by the MLB Players Association. MLBPA executive director Tony Clark has publicly expressed his doubts.

Former A’s players Trevor May, Grant Balfour and Coco Crisp also shared their concerns while speaking at Fans Fest.

Asked if he thought players would approve of that decision, May said, “No. That sucks.”

Playing in a minor league park “doesn’t seem right,” Balfour said.

“Personally, I wouldn’t like it,” Crisp said.


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