Tension remains around A’s clubhouse
When asked about the team’s pregame meeting after Wednesday’s loss, Ryan Sweeney played the cautious route with his words but confirmed it was a positive one, “trying to put everything behind us.”
“Ultimately you gotta play,” Sweeney said. “Whatever happens on or off the field, you gotta just come together as a team and play.
“It’s not like it was a surprise. Everybody saw it on TV I think. It might have been a little awkward in here, but I think everyone is trying to move past it and try to play baseball and have fun.”
That’s it, then?
“There was other stuff,” he admitted, “but I’m not gonna say what it was.”
A few A’s players sat around the visiting clubhouse television on Wednesday afternoon while MLB Network revisited the Fuentes-Geren situation after former A’s reliever Huston Street, now with the Rockies, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday saying:
“Bob was never good at communication, and I don’t want to speak for anybody else, but it was a sentiment reflected in many conversations during the two years I spent in Oakland, and even recently when talking to guys after I left. For me personally, he was my least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports from age 6 to 27. I am very thankful to be in a place where I can trust my manager.”
MLB Network shared Street’s comments, all the while showing Street yelling at Geren in the dugout during a game in Detroit three years ago. Upon seeing this while walking by, an A’s player commented, “Can we turn this off already?”
Geren was asked about Street’s comments during his pregame media session and, following about eight seconds of silence, responded, “I don’t think it’s my place to comment on somebody on another team. I’d prefer to speak about my own team and my own players.”
Leftover tension is still very much present around this A’s team, whether anybody wants to admit it. Geren was very brief with his answers while holding court with reporters on Wednesday, and he didn’t offer anything when asked about a private team meeting that was held just minutes prior, only to confirm he was the one that called it.
Though it’s been speculated, I really don’t see Geren’s job in jeopardy at this point, and I’d suspect he’s allowed to finish the season in Oakland. Much of the fuss surrounding him will likely fade a bit, so long as the A’s start making more noise on the field than off. And for that to happen, Geren’s club needs to start winning.
Finally, owner Lew Wolff made an appearance at Angel Stadium on Wednesday. Read what he had to say about Geren here.