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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. Here's a look at the last straw ...
  4. Below is a shot of Garza yelling at Sogard after a seventh-inning safety squeeze that brought home an insurance run.
  5. After the game, both sides had their say to the media and that figured to be the end of it.

    Not even close.
  6. 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."
  7. 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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