Could everyone please calm down?
No major league baseball team is coming to the Sacramento region to supplant the River Cats anytime soon if ever.
Yet people on both sides of the river got all worked up when Mayor Kevin Johnson repeated an old refrain popular with past Sacramento movers and shakers:
That Sacramento would be a good home for a big-league team baseball team and wouldn't it be cool if it were the Oakland A's.
In May 1996, the late Mayor Joe Serna Jr. conveyed the same message at a news conference while wearing a green and yellow hat the colors of the A's.
Gregg Lukenbill, who brought the Sacramento Kings to town, went so far as to lay a foundation for a ballpark in Natomas before running out of money and he organized busloads of Sacramentans to A's games in the late 1980s.
In this case, KJ's staff dropped the ball by failing to properly communicate with the River Cats and West Sacramento a lot sooner.
But the truth is people are getting upset over nothing.
For more than 20 years, Sacramento has carried on a flirtation with the A's that was always been doomed to fail because Sacramento lacks the most important element in attracting the team:
Until there is a rich person or a group of rich people who want to buy a major league baseball team and bring it to Sacramento, all of this is just talk.
I get that KJ is sending a message to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig about the Sacramento region.
Considering what happened Tuesday, it's not a bad message to convey. In a news conference at baseball's All-Star Game, Selig said there is no decision looming on the A's desired move to San Jose.
It appears the Giants are going to prevail in blocking the A's path to the lucrative Silicon Valley.
On Monday, the A's owners said they had no interest in Sacramento, but they are also stuck in Oakland.
If that drags on a few more years maybe the A's owners get fed up and sell. If so, here is a tip for KJ:
You feel you have to work outside Sacramento City Hall on some issues because too many of your colleagues are dysfunctional. It's true. But outside Sacramento, there are regional leaders who are smart and will work with you, such as West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.
Susan Savage, the majority owner of the River Cats, is very smart and her late husband, Art, used to talk about one day bringing big-league ball to Sacramento.
These people aren't like KJ's council enemies, so there is no need to relate to them as such. But again, all of this is moot for now.
There is nothing left to say except that on Sunday, I'm taking my family to the River Cats game. I highly recommend it.