Matt Garza melts down on the Sogards: on and off the field
Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Garza took offense when the Oakland A's -- and Eric Sogard in particular -- bunted on him during the A's 4-2 win on Saturday. That was just the start. By the end of the night, Garza had set off a social media firestorm after lashing out at Sogard's wife on Twitter.
- Garza apologized to Eric and Kaycee Sogard first thing Sunday morning during a session with reporters before the game, though the incident just adds more intrigue the A.L. West race. Just don't expect more fodder from Garza -- the Rangers brass reportedly has told the veteran pitcher to get off Twitter and he apparently might follow that advice.
- What got Garza fired up in the first place was the A's bunting repeatedly during their victory. The A's small-ball tactics got under the veteran's his skin, which is just what the A's were hoping to do.
- Here's a look at the last straw ...
- Below is a shot of Garza yelling at Sogard after a seventh-inning safety squeeze that brought home an insurance run.
- After the game, both sides had their say to the media and that figured to be the end of it.
Not even close.
- Here's a screen grab of what came out of Garza's locked Twitter account. It was directed at Sogard's wife, Kaycee, who had tweeted that she thought the on-field outburst was funny and that her husband was the "probably the last person to respond to getting called names."
- It didn't take long for Garza's comments to go viral. By the end of the night, Matt Garza was trending -- and taking a beating in the poll of public opinion. As word of the exchange quickly spread, Garza apparently wrote: "I appreciate the love baseball fans,sorry I let my competitive edge out,guess people thought athletes don't care.Don't like me don't follow." But it did little to slow the criticism of his earlier comments.
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