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C.J. Wilson “hates” pitching at the Oakland Coliseum

Aug 10, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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Some harsh words from Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson on pitching at the A’s Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Via NBCSports.com:

“I hate pitching there. There’s no fans there. It’s too bad, because the fans that are there are adamant, they’re really stoked on the team, they wave flags and play drums. And that’s cool. But there are 6,000 people there and it’s kinda sad because it’s a major league team and there are guys who are pretty good players.”

Wilson also noted that he doesn’t like pitching in cold weather, and the Bay Area is notorious for cooling off when the sun goes down. Texas, meanwhile, is on its 39th straight day of 100-plus degree weather.

The A’s have been trying to build a new stadium for years and would obviously prefer to showcase a better on-field product, but neither goals are currently looking promising. So the jabs from opponents will continue.

  1. dwishinsky - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    You quoted the Wilson backtrack part of the quote. “I hate pitching there. The mound sucks, the fans suck,” is how he started. The “complimentary” parts came later. Wilson just can’t pitch at the Coliseum, its sour grapes (see: Lawyerball).

  2. mcchef - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    I wonder if he realizes he gets to pitch against the Oakland A’s when he is there.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    I don’t get it. He is the visiting team. Would he rather be yelled at by 45,000 rabid fans? I don’t think so. I could see if this were an Oakland player, since they play in this empty place every home game.

    • clydeserra - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      Probably. I bet its more fun to play when the stands are packed.

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:32 PM

      some guys feed as much off of negative energy as they do positive. some feed off negative energy more. I get where hes coming from

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:41 PM

        I always think of when the Phillies fans pretty much cheered Brett Myers into a 10 pitch walk in the 2008 Playoffs when Sabathia was pitching with the Brewers. Next thing you knew, Victorino hit a grand slam and the Brewers were toast. Guess these guys all react differently to adversity.

      • b7p19 - Aug 11, 2011 at 12:09 AM

        Yeah, right CF. The fans are the reason they won that game…

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 11, 2011 at 8:59 AM

        Sorry, I guess you had to be there. Trust me, the fans contributed to CC being off his game that day whether you want to believe me or not.

      • Louie Schuth - Aug 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        Think Kent Hrbek.

  4. clydeserra - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    What is it with this guy? Why does he care about what major corporation is paying him millions of dollars?

  5. humanexcrement - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    These are not harsh words, it’s just the simple truth. Actually, I think he was quite respectful about it. And I don’t think a new stadium is going to solve the attendance problem. Move the team or contract it. Where could you move a major league team–there aren’t many viable cities left. Portland, Oregon? Memphis (home of the minor league team with highest attendance)? New Orleans? None of these seem particularly promising. Oakland has become the new Montreal.

    • firerosenthalthebastard - Aug 11, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      hahahah oakland is the new Montreal?? I wish… Oakland is Camden, NJ with a couple more nice areas tucked away in the hills.

  6. stackraider95 - Aug 11, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    oakland isnt a baseball town, its mostly all about the Raiders and Warriors

    • kellyb9 - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:07 AM

      I disagree, I would put Oakland in the category of maybe Pittsburgh. The fans would come out and support the team if they put a good product out there. It’s sad too because the team itself has so much history.

  7. APBA Guy - Aug 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Wilson’s comments fall into two categories:
    1) Comments about the physical aspects of the Mausoleum (mound, etc)
    2) Comments about attendance

    The physical part is probably sour grapes. I mean, it’s a pitcher’s park, and for the most part, pitchers love it there. And the field is immaculate, until the Raiders start in on it. Then for 6 weeks it varies between iffy and embarrassing. But practically nobody else complains about pitching there because of the field or the mound.

    The attendance part is directly related to how ownership is running the team. Or maybe “ruining” is a better word. The baseball fans are pretty quiet, usually because there isn’t much to cheer about. But my experience is that the people there love baseball, are incredibly knowledgeable about the game, the team, and the A’s history in Oakland. They are a huge contrast to the average Giants fan, who is just as likely to be there on a corporate outing, checking their Twitter all game long, arriving late and leaving by the 7th. In fairness, the Giants have a solid core of fans just as knowledgeable as A’s fans. But the number of corporate attendees is a huge proportion of any given crowd.

    Oakland is, for the most part, a gritty place. This isn’t new. It’s always been gritty. But it’s surrounded by some pretty upscale areas, like Alamo, Danville, and Walnut Creek, and before the recession, by the fastest growing suburbs of SF. So it could be a fine baseball location.

    But the current ownership isn’t interested. I understand the need for a new stadium (and the need to get away from Al Davis’ commanding presence at the Mausoleum). But Wolff/Fisher have totally alienated the fan base with their public statements, fumbling around looking for a new stadium site, and diminution of the team on the field.

  8. spudchukar - Aug 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    On one level there is merit to Wilson’s criticism. On another not so much. C. J., step back for a minute, and think when you were a kid and dreaming of pitching in the Bigs. Oakland and the mausoleum doesn’t look so awful from there. Many of us would give our right arm, (Of course that would make playing difficult), to be able to take the mound, even if it was in the sparsely populated Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

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