August 04, 2013

Rangers' Garza Tells A's Player to Shut His Wife Up: Newly acquired Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Garza, angry that Oakland A's second baseman Eric Sogard laid down a safety squeeze bunt that scored a run in the A's 4-2 defeat of the Rangers, posted several sexist messages to Sogard's wife Kaycee on Twitter. They included "@KayceeSogard tell your husband to speak up so his wife doesn't have to do it for him ... Chumps! ... Hahaha!" and "Certain people can't shut there woman up!" Garza and the Rangers have apologized. Sogard responded with class: "Obviously it's something you want to leave on the field and move on when the game ends," he said, adding added that he and his wife "took it as a joke, and that's how we'll continue to look at it."

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:31 PM - 8 comments

That feeling you get when the new player you wanted your team to get turns out to be a raging sexist dillweed.

posted by rcade at 10:35 PM on August 04, 2013

Looks like he can forget about being a stand-up comedian when he retires ... bombed.

posted by jjzucal at 11:15 PM on August 04, 2013

I'll be the first to admit as fans we don't really know the players, and looks can and often be deceiving. But come on. Anyone that's watched him pitch over the last few years and is surprised that he's a bit of a douchebag can't have been paying attention.

Looks like someone's been screwing around with his wikipedia page.

posted by justgary at 01:10 AM on August 05, 2013

Garza's wife Serina Ortiz had no comment on this story.

posted by rcade at 07:17 AM on August 05, 2013

There goes Garza's chance of being on the State of Texas 5 dollar bill.

posted by beaverboard at 07:26 AM on August 05, 2013

Could someone with more baseball knowledge than me, I.e. almost anyone, explain why Garza was upset. Bunting is part of the game right?

posted by rdr at 12:53 PM on August 05, 2013

The short answer is that Garza is a TERRIBLE fielding pitcher, and every opposing team knows that now. To put pressure on him teams are more likely to bunt now.

Sogard bunted twice, Vogt bunted once, Crisp bunted once. The first two batters he faced (Sogard, Crisp) both bunted.

Sogard had bunted just once before this year, and once before in a previous season. Vogt had never bunted before.

Essentially, Garza was pissed off that the A's were trying to exploit his weak fielding.

posted by grum@work at 01:20 PM on August 05, 2013

I always thought a "screwball" was a type of pitch, not the guy who threw it.

posted by Howard_T at 03:11 PM on August 05, 2013

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