Stephen Vogt

Thousands turn out for A's FanFest that sparks positive vibe

Seven free food trucks. Green and gold balloons strung over the waterfront walkway and a bouncy houses for kids. Complimentary zoo passes, dog toys and plenty of coffee. A picturesque, sunny winter day after weeks of heavy rain.

The Oakland Athletics and new President Dave Kaval need to do little selling on one of the sites being considered for a new ballpark after hitting a home run with FanFest held Saturday at Jack London Square — right near Howard Terminal, where the A's might just decide it's their best place to break ground and finally build a much-needed stadium.

"This offseason's been as good as I can remember since I've been here," manager Bob Melvin said....