Don’t expect kickers to pull for local baseball teams


When he was quarterbacking the 49ers, quarterback Alex Smith once risked a fine while supporting his neighbors the baseball Giants.

It does not appear that Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski shares the same affection for the Oakland Athletics.

Since the Jaguars are playing the Raiders this weekend, Jags kicker Josh Scobee was talking about the challenges of kicking on the infield dirt of stadiums which share baseball and football layouts.

Scobee told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union that during a conversation with Janikowski, the Raiders kicker said he always roots for the Athletics to miss the playoffs, so the dirt infield is replaced sooner.

While perhaps not the most civic-minded admission, it’s at least an honest one, as kicking from second base is a lot easier when it’s covered by grass.

The bad news for the kickers is that Oakland’s baseball team has a three-game lead for the AL West title and a spot in the postseason, and if they go to the World Series, could potentially need the dirt to stay through Oct. 31. That would cover three more Raiders home games after this week, meaning Janikowski had to kick off dirt for half his home season.

18 responses to “Don’t expect kickers to pull for local baseball teams

  1. Both a Raiders fan and an A’s fan, but Jano is by far my favorite player since Nnamdi left. He’s more than earned to have his opinion. He’s also the funniest kicker in the history of the league, so there’s that.

  2. Could be worse. Raiders could play in one of those old Astroturf stadiums, where the infield spots were covered with patches. At some locations, this created seams that had the potential to destroy an ACL if a player tried to make a cut at the wrong spot on the field.

  3. “the Raiders kicker said he always roots for the Athletics to miss the playoffs, so the dirt infield is replaced sooner.”

    “While perhaps not the most civic-minded admission, it’s at least an honest one, as kicking from second base is a lot easier when it’s not covered by grass.”


    So the dirt infield is replaced sooner with what? More, fresher dirt? If it’s easier to kick on dirt than grass why wouldn’t he like the dirt?

  4. The solution to this is simple and one team already does it even without sharing its field with a baseball team. Look at Arizona’s retractable field. It is economical to have teams share stadiums and I think if teams use the retractable fields when they make stadiums, shared stadiums will become the norm.

  5. Stadia is plural for stadium they teach spelling in skool. There is only one stadium that shares the field with a baseball team it’s in Oakland. Since the A’s actually win games Seabasket is just going to have to suck it up.

  6. I’m a Raider fan and the state of the coliseum is a joke. If the city of Oakland don’t step up to the plate soon Mark Davis needs to move on to greener pastures.

  7. I won’t ever tell a city they have to build a stadium or a separate one for every sports team, I just can’t ask those citizens to take on that tax burden. Why don’t they at the very least make all baseball clubs that share their stadium with a football team have those infields that only have the dirt around the bases and not all around the diamond? I am not a baseball guy so I am not sure if there is a problem with this for that sport but I see other teams that have it like that why can’t Oakland? I am not worried about the kicker but the safety of all players.

  8. GO RAIDERS, GO A’S, and GO WARRIORS for all that matters. They all belong in the east bay.

    They have the site, build a retail center right in the middle where you come across the BART ramp up to the arena, (where current site is) and build a new baseball park to the North side lots, and the raiders on the south side B lots. You can add additional suite parking where the old home base store was on Hegenberger.

    Just get it done Oakland, but don’t ask me to pay for another PSL.

  9. Every team in the Bay Area made the playoffs last year.

    Raiders made the playoffs in a Jim Mora voice.

    So Jano can wish all he wants. But the real teams have already shown up.

  10. Raiders irrelevancy makes his comment pointless. However, the Raiders are more than welcome to leave again and stop destroying the field with their awful brand of what they supposedly call football. Go A’s.

  11. With all due respect to the person saying misses 30 yarders in season games. If youre referring to the Colts game. Well the punter didnt have the laces out on the ball thus causing the football to hook and miss. I cant explain to you the importance of laces out but it is a difference maker. As far as havinng just a dirt trail from 1st to 2nd to 3rd instead of the half of the infield. I think a lot of it has to do with risk of injury to baseball players (they dont wear pads like football players do) as well as ball trajectory on the field. I could be wrong though

  12. MyTeamsAllStink says: Sep 12, 2013 1:57 PM

    Classy Jano.Bitter because you can make 65 yarders in practice but miss 30 yarders in regular games?

    A career 94% from inside of 40 yards tells me you have no idea what you’re talking about.

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