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Matt Garza apologizes for Twitter rant

Aug 4, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

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Rangers starter Matt Garza tweeted a couple of misogynistic things to Kaycee Sogard — the wife of A’s infielder Eric Sogard — on Saturday night after she came to her husband’s defense when the two players exchanged words following a successful seventh-inning squeeze bunt. The A’s laid down four bunts in that 4-2 victory, clearly frustrating Garza.

Now, via MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, comes the 29-year-old right-hander’s morning-after apology:

“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.”

At least he didn’t go with the “I got hacked” excuse. Sogard and his wife are taking the high road:

And Rangers manager Ron Washington is taking whatever sort of road this is:

To be fair, Washington followed that quote up with this: “What is Twitter anyway?”

  1. Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    It’s not a matter of how “the game” should or shouldn’t be played, guy, nor is it a matter of your competitive spirit or your hyperactive adrenal gland. It’s a matter of the sort of common courtesy that you should have learned before you ever picked up a baseball.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Or at least to keep your more “not generally accepted” ways of thinking at bay.

      Like when my brother says he’s not a fan of bacon, upon which I call him unamerican, and everyone just stares at the both of us.

      • largebill - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        What the heck is wrong with your brother? Then again who cares just means more bacon for the rest of us.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        He took a bunch of blows to the head as a youth. ( It was only made apparent to me by my father after the second time I put his head through a wall that there are better ways to discipline him, like choke holds. )

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Bacon is an epicurean hoax perpetrated on the Americas by the Axis powers with the aid of the Vichy government.

    • natslady - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Let me just say, as a female, it was tough to read those words, even if some teenage kid “hacked” his Tweeter. I’m not sure why he wasn’t given a suspension, wouldn’t he get one for the “N” word? NFL is likely to get a female ref, does MLB even have any females in ump school? I wanna see some manager argue with Candy Crowley.

      • largebill - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Really? “It was tough to read those words?” Wow, you either live in a bubble or everyone walks on egg shells around you to be sure they don’t offend you. He said some stupid stuff, but lets not make it bigger than it was.

      • natslady - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        @largebill–no, people in my world treat me like a person. Jerk.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Large Bill are you a woman?
        No? Then shut up

        Gotta love people telling groups of people they are not a part of how they should feel.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        White English speaking men still telling minorities that being upset at stuff like this is them being too sensitive.

        As usual, and look at the thumbs down from the other white English speaking men.
        No different than White NFL fans telling Native Americans that the Redskins name is no big deal, when every straight male tells gays that the word Fag is no big deal.

        They get upset when you point this out and will call you a libtard, because they still think calling people retards is no big deal as well.

      • moonlandingwasfaked - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        It’s tougher to read about your blog

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Wow, you either live in a bubble or everyone walks on egg shells around you to be sure they don’t offend you.

        Or it’s entirely possible she lives in a world that still treats women as second class citizens? Where jokes like “lawl go make me a sandwich” or “tits or gtfo” are routinely heard in any internet space. Where women are being forced to undergo any number of unnecessary procedures if they wish to access a Supreme Court issued right (abortion). Where women speak out on things like reproductive rights and are labeled a slut or whore (Sandra Fluke). Where women’s health facilities are being defunded because 3% of hte budget is used on abortions, and not the 50+% that’s used on preventative care like mammograms for lower income families.

        Nah that can’t be it at all.

      • titknocker - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        @natslady go make me a sandwich!!!

      • historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        BTW, I sent off a complaint email to the Rangers & MLB about this as a violation of the MLB Social Media Policy.

    • stex52 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      They are professional athletes, OG. You know as well as I that a large percentage figure that they don’t live by the same rules as the rest of us.

      And they are usually right.

      • natslady - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Sad. But true.

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Eric Sogard & Matt Garza should just do a threesome with Kaycee to put their tensions behind. A double penetration would suit her well.

      • mgoldst19 - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        holy shit

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        You need to watch more French postimpressionist cinema and less pornography. I recommend you begin with Man Bites Dog and Baxter.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        If you want to make women on here mad at you, don’t go so over the top. It’s impossible to even take you seriously with crap like this. It makes me roll my eyes at you rather than get pissed — you’re such a lousy troll.

  2. raysfan1 - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Sogard family 2, Garza 0.

    As for Washington, he’s the manager and he says he can’t get his players to act professionally and show self-discipline? Very lame.

    • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      I’d be curious how Joe would handle this. I’ve heard him say several times he has only 1 rule, run hard to first base.

  3. BeEtLjOoZ - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Reblogged this on #LouisianaMultiverse.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Why?

  4. hoopmatch - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Notice how he worded that: “And for that I apologize to the Sogards for anything THAT WAS SAID through my Twitter.” (Emphasis added). He didn’t say “anything I said,” or even indicate that he understood exactly what he said that was so offensive. And I thought Carlos Zambrano was out of baseball.

    • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      He named them by name and addressed the incident, not “I apologize about what happened last night”. Good enough for me.

      Let’s talk some baseball. Lot’s of heated discussions around here lately.

  5. tbutler704 - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I could happily live my life without hearing one more contrived PR dept apology after some athlete, politician, or other public figure gets caught being racist, sexist, or stupid in any other form.

    Issuing these things is like telling the whole world you think everyone is stupid.

  6. shutyourfivehole - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    So Wash can’t control his players on Twitter. Maybe he can take some time and explain bunts to Garza to save Garza some more embarrassment in the future. And Garza should work on fielding his position. He sucks. That’s why they bunted.

  7. vr30 - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    He just couldn’t handle the moneyball

  8. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Pathetic “apology”
    This guy has been traded 3 times before his 30’s birthday, and I’m starting to understand why. He’s a doosh.

    • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      I’ve never liked reporters who tweet something bad about an athlete, and then include @athlete I’m about to rip to make sure that athlete sees it. What Garza did was wrong for sure, but why did she tweet it to Garza, then delete some of her tweets? She wanted to make sure Garza saw it. Garza did her a favor by acting like a butt hole, because she would have looked like a jerk in all of this.

  9. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Well tell pharaoh Garza to learn how to field hunts wash and maybe none of this would happen

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      -Bunts-

    • apkyletexas - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Has he apologized for the beard yet?

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        The only way he could apologize for that would be for him to cut it off.

  10. Brian Murphy - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Gator put it perfectly. It must feel great to write off your misogynistic attacks as “competitive spirit.” What a pathetic apology.

  11. tfbuckfutter - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    “Sorry I’m so competitive, and take the game so seriously that sometimes my emotions get the better of me. My emotions about the game, because I’m so competitive and passionate and fiery. I really apologize that all of these positive qualities I have caused me to lash out in a way that other people don’t understand. Because they aren’t as competitive and don’t have as much fire as me.”

    Very sincere, I think.

    I would have gone with “Sorry for being a jackass. I’m embarrassed by what I posted.” but praising yourself is a good way to go too. I guess.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Does Garza’s wife have a Twitter account? It would’ve been hilarious if her tweet said: “You’re sleeping on the couch and I deleted your DVR history, big man.”

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Garza’s wife isn’t allowed to have a computer.

        But it doesn’t matter anyway, the kitchen doesn’t get good wifi reception.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        Katie Holmes should slip her a burn phone.

  12. shanabartels - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    It is concerning that this casual misogyny is just swept under the rug and nobody is holding Garza accountable for it.

    • natslady - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Absolutely. Just like “casual racism” not so long ago–maybe even still, if I understand a current NFL controversy.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      But, boys will be boys.

    • dlhouse18 - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Well, what would do you suggest we do about it? No one here is holding Garza accountable because no one cares about Matt Garza as a person anyway. And if you’re suggesting that the MLB do something, there’s nothing there either. It’s shouldn’t be their job to regulate player’s personal lives. Outside of criminal activity that is.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Well, when Yunel Escobar put offensive eye black on his face, he was suspended for 3 games by his team. That might be a nice response here. MLB shouldn’t have to do anything about it because his freaking team and manager should handle it — in part b/c it makes the team look bad and brings negative publicity to them.

      • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        Yunel wore it to the ballpark. Garza said crappy things on his own personal time. Glenn Beck has said a lot of craptastic things too. Albert Pujols and Tony Larussa went on stage with him gave him a big ol’ hug in front of a few million people. Should they be suspended for giving a hateful bigot a larger audience?

        If you aren’t going to suspend players for beating their wives, you really can’t suspend them for calling someone else’s names.

    • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      I am probably the only one who thinks this isn’t about misogyny. It’s not like he said to get back in the kitchen or any thing. If Sogard’s father sent him a tweet, and you exchange everything Garza said about Sogard’s wife to Sogard’s father, is it now hatred towards old people? “This is a man’s game” now becomes “this is not an old man’s game”.

      I would be pissed if I got in a verbal argument with someone and their wife stepped in. Or their mother. Or father. Or friend. Or cousin. Or agent. This was a really crappy way of saying “this doesn’t concern you, so please stay out of it”, but Garza didn’t reach out to her. She reached out to him to talk shit (or whatever she did. She deleted some tweets {deleted tweets are usually inapropriate}), and he responded.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        And his response was that a man should know how to handle his wife — something Garza would not say if it was Sogard’s dad or brother who said something. It isn’t that he said Sogard should fight his own battles. That would’ve been more neutral. Handling your wife like they do in Texas — that’s another thing and it’s sexist.

      • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        No, he said “control your woman” and “certain people can’t shut their woman up”. I have a problem with the term “woman” rather than “wife”, but I do not have a problem with him telling Eric Sogard to control a family member contacting him after a altercation.

        After the game he was asked about the confrontation. He responded that he was just asking about a good place to eat. It was over. Then he got a tweet (now deleted) from Sogard’s wife. I’d be pissed too. If he says “control your wife”, I don’t have a problem with it. He said “control your woman”, which is bad, but not bad enough to be labeling him all the things I have heard him labeled. It was over, then she started it up again.

        By using the word “woman”, he should apologize for. He did. The namecalling and labeling by us is not necessary.

        I really don’t like that we jump on Garza without knowing how he was provoked. We know he was provoked, because Ms. Sogard erased at least 1 text. Maybe he was called a “spic” or a “wetback”, or accused of roiding. If we have to know all sides in the Tino argument before we judge, we have to know all sides in this one as well.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        See, to you it’s about “woman” versus “wife” and for me, it’s about “control.” And, he did not take actual ownership of what he did (ie “I was wrong and should not have said what I did”) nor did he suggest that she made comments to him that were discriminatory (as if it is appropriate to respond to a discriminatory statement by being so yourself). We are clearly going to have a difference of opinion on this, which I think is likely due to our different sexes. Have a nice day.

      • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        You don’t really mean have a nice day do you? If someone’s acting like an ass, I say control yourself. If someone’s kids are acting like asses, I say control your kids. If someone’s husband is acting like an ass, I say control your husband. If someone’s wife is acting like an ass, I say control your wife. It doesn’t mean I want her to be put in her place, or in bondage. It’s just a phrase, that to me, makes a lot of sense.

  13. hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I’m partial to the Dwight K Schrute apology.

    Michael Scott: Corporate has given Dwight two strikes. They are very, very upset with him. So, as a disciplinary measure, he is going to have to issue a formal apology. Dwight, have you prepared your statement of regret?

    Dwight Schrute: I have.
    Michael Scott: Let’s hear it.
    Dwight Schrute: [unfolds piece of paper and reads from it] I state my regret.

  14. crisisofinfinitephils - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Oh it’s because he cares about the game TOO much. Man, now I feel bad for all the things I said about his douchey late 90’s nüMetal chin hair.

  15. spacemaker101 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Hahahaha why would the wife talk shit to garza dudes an animal.

  16. spacemaker101 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Someone said he should get suspended… Hahahah bc he went off on somebody’s wife on TWITTER. That’s ridiculous.. It’s really not even that big of a deal he was pissed he lost.. He didn’t go shot somebody and dump the body behind his house like NFL players prob woulda done.

    • natslady - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Yeah, some NFL player is in a lot of trouble for the N-word.

  17. missingdiz - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Dude’s an animal, for sure. I feel sorry for his wife. I also feel sorry for his team, if this is how he handles a few bunts. Could learn to field them, couldn’t he? How long has he been playing the game? Never seen bunts before? Maybe bunts aren’t manly enough for him. Probably hates knuckle-ballers, too.

  18. jetsfan79 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    There’s no crying in baseball!

    • CyclePower - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Reading some of the arguments opined in this discussion, it’s not implausible to now say that the film A League of Their Own is an outrageously misogynistic depiction of the worst of negative female stereotypes, stereotypes that have served to perpetuate the male dominated power structure and keep women in a subjugated role. It’s therefore reasonable to file a class action lawsuit against the studio that released this odious film, as well as Tom Hanks.

      And not only was Eric Sogard’s wife the object of misogynistic psychological violence, but Eric was subjected to verbal abuse from Matt Garza, which is a very clear example of bullying in the workplace. He needs to go on the disabled list because no doubt he now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Garza should be suspended and compelled to attend sensitivity training.

      ….Garza is clearly an idiot. Unfortunately we have to share the world with idiots and the idiotic things they do. If some idiot flips me off on the highway, I’m not going to be a victim over it. If your feelings get hurt because of something that was said on Twitter by some idiot that you’ve never met, well …you choose to be a victim.

  19. bigdinla - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Maybe Sogarrd should handle his own business and keep his wife out of it. Baseball is overflowing with pc whiners.

    • yankee172 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Maybe Sogard’s wife doesn’t ask her husband for permission before she tweets things. She’s an individual who can say whatever she wants to whomever she wants.

      By the way, he may not have been PC, but Garza is clearly the whiner here.

      • stex52 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        What you said, Yankee!

        Garza needs to play better and shut up.

  20. stex52 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    It’s really simple, Matt.

    1. Learn how to field your position.
    2. Shut off your Twitter account.

    I promise. You will be happier.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Also, in general, never use social media of any kind if you’ve been drinking.

      • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        That’s how I met my wife.

  21. yankee172 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    At what point will “being a competitor” stop being an excuse for being a shitty human being?

    • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      About the same time player’s wives stop inserting themselves into on field drama.

  22. miketreedy - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    This has to be the wimpiest sports blog on the web. Everyone gets offended here so easily. Sograd’s wife wasn’t even offended but you were? THERE SHOULD BE NO CRYING OR WHINING IN A BASEBALL SPORTS BLOG!

    • stex52 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      You new around here?

      Besides, a blog is for anything we want it to be for. I don’t favor all that much crying and whining, but if people want to it is okay.

  23. modellforprez - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Natslady i understand your point and maybe somewhere down the road that will open a door for females. i didnt see what Garbageza said first so i cant comment but obviously it was bad. so while i cant see a comparison to that offensive letter to a word that has no business in any language to ripping a ball player and his family i guess some people did.

  24. dlhouse18 - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I’m sick of these fake apologies. I have more respect for people who don’t apologize to the public. I don’t apologize to the world when I do a no-no. Why should they? Because people will hate them? Why should Garza care what people think about him? The rant was uncalled for sure, but I doubt he regrets it otherwise he probably wouldn’t have done it for an extended period of time. Everyone knows people aren’t perfect. I’m not defending Garza, but this becomes PR routine and it’s complete BS.

  25. jayquintana - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Close game, why the heck can’t you bunt if you think that’s your best option?

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