Sogard: “We took it as a joke”
Matt Garza is making fast friends with his new division foes.
The Rangers pitcher, having already voiced his displeasure with Eric Sogard on Saturday after the A’s infielder executed a safety squeeze, took to Twitter later in the night and took shots at not only Sogard but the infielder’s wife, Kaycee.
Among his numerous tweets directed at the Sogards: “childish is having your wife speak up for you! certain people can’t shut there woman up!”
Eric, participating in a team charity bowling tournament on Saturday night, learned of Garza’s remarks from a few teammates and was rather surprised, especially since wife Kaycee had only tweeted, “Eric is probably the last person to respond to getting called names.”
“I went back and looked to see what she said and I don’t see it how it was directed at him, or how he could take it that way,” Sogard said.
Still, he took the high road and even slightly excused Garza’s actions.
“Obviously you get caught up in the heat of the moment, things like that can happen,” Eric said, “but I was kind of surprised to see it escalated and what happened later.
“[Kaycee] just thought it was a joke. She took it off her shoulders quickly, wasn’t offended by it really. We just kind of laughed about it. We took it as a joke, and that’s how we’ll continue to look at it.”
Garza did not speak to Sogard in the morning and told reporters he didn’t plan to, but he issued this statement, declining to field further questions:
“All I want to say is I let my competitive spirit cross outside the lines, and that shouldn’t happen. I let my passion, my fire carry over, and that’s not how this game should be played. And for that I apologize to the Sogards for anything that was said through my Twitter. That’s all I have. I regret what happened, and I’m just looking forward to a great game today.”
A’s manager Bob Melvin is not on Twitter but he was well aware of the goings-on.
“I really don’t have a reaction,” he said. “That’s between two others in a world I’m not part of.”
Melvin, like Sogard, didn’t quite understand why so much frustration was built over Sogard’s ability to do his job, which extended Oakland’s lead to two runs in a 4-2 victory.
“We’re trying to add on a run against a really good pitcher that was on a roll,” Melvin said. “We got to him early in the game and scored three runs off him but didn’t do anything after that. We’re just trying to get a run home. They’d do it as well.”
“I was just doing my job out there,” added Sogard. “I got the bunt sign from my third-base coach and put the bunt down and apparently he didn’t like it. Just playing the game. Obviously it’s something you want to leave on the field when the game ends and move on.”
Asked if he’d bunt against Garza the next time he faces him, Sogard smiled.
“We’ll see,” he said. “It seemed to work out yesterday.”