The Coliseum has become a joke at this point. The Oakland A’s likely could not give away enough tickets to have 10,000 people in attendance. Feral cats have taken over the ballpark to the point where there may be more felines than fans at any given game.
Cats are not the only animals that have invaded the Coliseum. On Sunday, a possum was spotted in the ceiling, poking its head out as the A’s beat writers were working on their stories of the game.
More possums than fans at future Oakland A’s games?
Right now, it is just one possum. At least, as far as we know, it is just one possum. But it was also just one cat at the beginning as well. Now, the stadium has dozens of cats calling its empty halls and seats home.
It certainly makes sense. The ballpark is a safer place for those animals than anywhere else in the city. Those few fans leaving trash behind or dropping food would bring in the vermin that the cats eat while they would also bring in the ticks and such that make up the diet of the possum.
At the same time, it speaks volumes to what is happening in Oakland. Due to the negligence and lack of interest by ownership in building a contending team, fans are staying away. It is almost possible to count the individual fans during a telecast, something that should be embarrassing to ownership if that was not their plan.
Now they have another embarrassment to deal with. Not only are stray cats taking over, but now possums are a part of the features in the Coliseum as well. The only question is whether or not the A’s front office tries to turn this into a new advantage by finding out which opposing players are afraid of possums.
The Coliseum now has at least one possum scurrying about. Pretty soon, there may be more possums than fans at an Oakland A’s game.