Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong and actor Tom Hanks seemed to be having a thing or two about losing the Oakland A’s to Las Vegas in recent weeks.
Earlier this week, A’s fans packed the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in what was billed as a “reverse boycott” to encourage team owner John Fisher to sell the team in hopes of avoiding a moving to Sin City. Armstrong showed up at the Coliseum to support the boycott.
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“Oakland forever. Las Vegas never. #Selltheteam,” he wrote on his Instagram Stories.
Weeks earlier, actor Tom Hanks was at a media event and was asked if he would consider buying the A’s from Fisher. According to Forbes, the A’s are valued at around $1.18 billion, while Hanks’ net worth is estimated to be around $400 million.
“We lost the Raiders. The Warriors moved to San Francisco. And now they’re going to drive the A’s out of Oakland… Damn them all,” Hanks said.
When the host announced that the A’s averaged 2,000 fans in the stands, Hanks responded, “The best fans in all of baseball.”
The host added that if Ryan Reynolds could buy a sports team, Hanks definitely can. The “Cast Away” actor added that he didn’t do “it” well in his career.
Hanks had a summer job at the Coliseum as a hot dog vendor when he was 14 years old. He reminded Jimmy Kimmel in 2019 about the rivalry adult salespeople had with teens.
“I ran into professional salespeople, who didn’t like the fact that there were children there,” he said at the time. “I’m 14 years old and a guy, probably in his 50s, is yelling [at me]’Hey kid, that was my sale!'”
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Despite the reverse boycott, the Nevada Senate has passed a stadium financing bill intended to attract the A’s to Las Vegas and it will head to the Assembly. The proposed 30,000-seat stadium would be the smallest in professional baseball.