One would imagine that the Oakland A’s would have been willing to give Paul Blackburn a flight from Houston to Los Angeles for the All Star Game. Even that was too much to ask for.
Instead, Blackburn was ready to fly commercial from Houston to Los Angeles for the All Star Game. That is, until the Astros found out and gave the A’s pitcher a ride on their chartered flight.
Oakland A’s show ridiculous cheapness with treatment of Paul Blackburn
While Blackburn said that the Astros giving him a ride showed the brotherhood within baseball, it also showed something else. It highlighted how laughably cheap the A’s organization is and how pathetic their owners are.
There are some truisms when it comes to John Fisher. He will not spend money to build a roster or keep their core together. He is far more interested in his profit margins than winning championships. Every move is made as cheaply as possible so as to maximize the amount of money he can pocket.
But there are some times where it makes sense to throw a few extra dollars towards a player. Sending Blackburn to the All Star Game in style would have been one of those moments. Instead, he had to hitch a ride to Los Angeles. At least he did not have to consider taking a bus or a Uber to the All Star Game or have the A’s try to stuff him into the carry-on compartment.
It is clear that Fisher does not care about the A’s or the players. It is also clear that the only thing that matters is his bottom line, something that was made all the more obvious when he pocketed the revenue sharing money he received instead of using that on payroll. He is an embarrassment to the game and needs to be forced to sell.
Paul Blackburn ended up hitching a ride with the Houston Astros to the All Star Game. It is another sign that John Fisher needs to sell the Oakland A’s.