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Dallas Braden loses his cool at anti-violence meeting

Sep 27, 2012, 11:03 PM EST

Dallas Braden

A’s left-hander Dallas Braden kind of looked like he wanted to hurt someone, which is more than a little ironic given that he’s angry about the increased violence and the lack of response from the police force in his hometown of Stockton, California.

CBS Sacramento has the video, which includes an impromptu interview with a bat-toting Braden. He says his grandmother was recently robbed in Stockton, and he was later attacked while in his car. He’s so displeased with the conditions in Stockton that he’s moving to Sacramento.

“I’m outta here, because I’ve been lied to my entire life here,” Braden said. “I’ve already put my home on the market. I’m out.”

Braden is best known for telling Alex Rodriguez to get off his mound and for throwing a perfect game, two events that happened a couple of weeks apart in 2010. He’s mostly been injured since, as shoulder problems limited him to three starts in 2011 and cost him all of 2012. He had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff last month.

  1. xmatt0926x - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I guess his 15 minutes aren’t up just yet. This guy is the Logan Morrison of the west coast.

  2. jlovenotjlo - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    I you grew up on Stockton you’d be pissed off too

    • jlovenotjlo - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      *if…if….if

  3. pisano - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    How much are mobile homes going for in that area?

  4. mikeincmn - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    I cant knock the guy on this, maybe a few of his prior actions, but not on this one.

  5. jprey86 - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    for those of us who live near Stockton, CA, it is really sad what is going on in that town. crime has gone up as the police force has shrunken. before any of you criticize Braden, look up news articles about Stockton and you will realize why he is so pissed off, and it would piss you off, if it were happening in your town.

    • vallewho - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      Maybe he’s part of the problem.

  6. dunkindan - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Next is discovery bay and Brentwood

  7. vallewho - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    This is the same idiot that told everyone (at the time of the ARod incident) that that’s how they did it “in the 209″….or some crap like that.

  8. brewcrewfan54 - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Being angry about the crime elevating in your home city isn’t wrong or even ironic as this article is trying to make it out to be. Its actually sad that the place he calls home makes him have to be that way. I live a city dealing with a similar issue and I feel his pain.

  9. badintent - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Block Watch Braden ! Run away like the little girl you are. Go to the city council and demand that they pass a by-law about homes getting confiscated by cops for selling drugs. And moving to Sacramento is no up grade !! Try Sonoma county.

    • Gamera the Brave - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Sonoma County?!? That place sucks!
      All those rolling hills, oak trees, vineyards, and nice people…
      Who needs that dump?
      Apparently I do…

  10. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    Trade Dallas Braden for George Zimmerman!

  11. yankeesfanlen - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    In the immortal word of ARod “HA!”

  12. willclarkgameface - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    If he’s as responsible for giving back to his community as he claims, then yes, he has every right to berate the powers that be to have a safe community.

    Good for him for speaking his mind. I wouldn’t want to live in that dump either. I grew up down the road in Tracy and if I remember correctly (and its been a while) Stockton has always had this stigma, no?

  13. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    The guy makes upward of $450,000 a year. This is where you pack up Gramma and get the hell out of Dodge.

  14. kevinbnyc - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    How bad is Stockton if Sacramento is a step up???

  15. APBA Guy - Sep 28, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I think that’s exactly the point Kevin, Stockton was never a garden spot, but it has gotten really bad. There are several cities and towns in CA that have had to declare bankruptcy as some of the rosier of their numerous rosy civic funding scenarios wilted and died. It’s a long story, going back to the dot com boom and all that tax money from options sales floating around, then not floating around, then housing and property taxes floating upwards, then not…you get the idea. The State, which had based many of their projections on the same rosy assumptions, then stepped in and took certain local tax receipts into the state coffers, which they can do here, and that broke some of the cities and towns.

    We can get all political about the assumptions that were made, who made them, etc. Bottom line is that both sides of the aisle were all in on one or another boom continuing, and both sides were proven wrong.

    Places like Stockton had to do the austerity thing in a big way because there simply was no money to pay for all the promises and the State couldn’t back-stop them. So policing, fire, pensions, etc.everything got cut back. Some places are handling their situation better now, like Vallejo, but some still haven’t come to grips with it, like Stockton. Vallejo’s made tremendous use of volunteers to help its situation, but Stockton is about 3x the size of Vallejo, which makes the problems larger and more complex, and Vallejo’s median household income is 50% greater than Stockton.

    It is not a pretty situation. And let’s be honest, Braden hasn’t earned a reputation as a deep thinker, so he’s just feeling it, especially because he is very emotional and he’s tried to do a lot for his home town.

    And even if he were the cerebral type, the solution to the problems there are not obvious, and they will take a substantial amount of time to discover, implement and see through to conclusion.

  16. onetime1329 - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    Dallas needs to tell the real story about being attacked while he was driving. This was a road rage incident and he was the aggressor. This isn’t the first time either. At the rally he showed his real immaturity by not being able to speak civilly and screaming as he has done in the past. He is upset because yes his grandmothers house was burglarized. Since the police dept is so short handed and violent crime has skyrocketed the police have to require people of non violent crimes not in progress and with no known suspects to file a crime report via phone or computer as most large city police departments have had to resort to in order to allow officer to respond to in progress violent crimes. Dallas to my understanding showed his high opinion of himself and name dropped and expected to get special treatment for his grandmother and have officers come out to take the report. A class act Dallas is not.

  17. badintent - Sep 30, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Cali not only blew all their tax $$ from the dot.con but Grey Davis had no clue what to do. And have Willie”down town “Brown control the state legislature didn’t help either. He spent every dollar on all his “welfare programs ” to help build more housing projects and get more affirmative state worker hiring programs for all his brothers.The Terminator got stuck with this deep pile of dung, no amount of heavy shoving could solve it
    @Gamera the Brave,
    Sonoma country is great, why an idiot like Dallas would think of going to Sacramento instead of Sonoma speaks volumes of how stupid he is.

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