OAKLAND -- The A's ducked the rain, celebrated back-to-back division titles and started yet another promising season of baseball in the cold, dank, loud Coliseum on Monday.
Same as it ever was, with a slight twist.
Yes, this is when the A's tortured relationship with the Coliseum has to move from rage and depression to benign acquiescence.
This is the reality that even A's co-owners John Fisher and Lew Wolff have tacitly begun to accept:
The A's dream of moving to San Jose is all but barricaded, at least for the foreseeable future.
The votes aren't there. The lawsuit filed by the city of San Jose against Major League Baseball has gotten no traction and in fact has only inflamed the other owners against the idea.
So Major League Baseball is not willing to overturn the Giants' territorial rights.
The move to San Jose -- as it stands now and probably for at least as long as Fisher and Wolff own the A's -- is not happening.
Which means that Wolff and Fisher are now seeking a lease extension with the Coliseum through 2025 and offering to sink many millions into stadium improvements.
Basically, the A's are resetting their sights, and embracing their old site, yet again.
And that actually is happening, in subtle ways, including the wry way the players deal with the recent sewage backups in the clubhouse.
The most recent example: Just last Saturday, when rains caused a problem in the coaches' offices and several players joked about it on Twitter.
As the storm pounded the stadium on Monday afternoon, I asked manager Bob Melvin if there had been any sewage issues.
"I've seen none," Melvin said with a smile.
The crucial thing, Melvin said, is that he and his players don't obsess over the Coliseum creature uncomforts.
"Our guys have fun with it," Melvin said. "It's not like they complain about it. We do have issues here, and they deal with it, and they look at this place as our place ...
"Whether it was last year in the dugout when we had to stand outside of it, didn't affect us. I think they handle it the right way.
"It would be one thing if everybody was complaining about it, and it was a disadvantage for us. But I think in some ways it can be an advantage for us."
That's exactly the right way for everybody in the organization to handle this.
I actually believe that general manager Billy Beane -- never a man to be behind the curve -- already has set a new course.
Though Beane at one point envisioned new stadium money pouring in by 2016 or 2017, which would lead to Wolff and Fisher sanctioning a much higher payroll ... that's not on the horizon now.
The A's will go for it this season because the roster is good enough and still inexpensive enough, and for now that's a good position.
This is who the A's are. It's not changing anytime soon.
For months, every credible independent source I've talked to about the A's future has insisted that there is almost zero chance that a move to San Jose will be approved.
Specifically, these sources -- all involved with the highest levels of the sport -- say that the A's chances at a San Jose move were always distant.
And after the lawsuit filed against Major League Baseball by the city of San Jose, the idea of a move has essentially lost any ownership support they might have ever had.
By the way, when I say "independent," that means these sources are not affiliated with the Giants, who, of course, have an immense vested interest in this.
These sources also emphasize that Fisher and Wolff have not endeared themselves to other owners by crying poor while simultaneously collecting massive revenue-sharing checks -- $30 million per year or more -- and turning very nice profits.
Same as it ever was. Same place, same smart G.M., same payroll, same building, same owners.
It's time everybody got used to it, all over again.
Contact Tim Kawakami at firstname.lastname@example.org.