Sogard on Garza's tweets: 'We took it as a joke'

Sogard on Garza's tweets: 'We took it as a joke'
August 4, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Eric Sogard took the high road, both on Twitter Saturday night and in the clubhouse Sunday morning. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- Matt Garza apologized Sunday morning for his Twitter beef of Saturday night, when he took offense to Eric Sogard's wife Kaycee Tweeting that her husband would not respond to being called names and shot multiple nasty Tweets at Sogard and his better half.

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"All I want to say is I let my competitive spirit cross outside the lines, and that shouldn’t happen," Garza said. "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."

Garza, you'll recall, was none too happy with the A's in general, Sogard in particular, bunting on him so early and so often in Oakland's 4-2 victory Saturday afternoon. Sogard's safety squeeze gave the A's their fourth run and Garza unleashed with a string of expletives at Sogard.

"We took it as a joke," Sogard said, "and that's how we'll handle it."

Yes, when keeping-it-real-on-Twitter-goes-wrong was the talk of the A's clubhouse as players huddled amongst themselves to discuss the situation. Reliever Pat Neshek was in the afterglow of his Tweet from the night before, when he sent out a picture of Garza in drag.

It was from when Neshek and Garza were teammates in Minnesota, during rookie hazing.

"I hope he liked it," Neshek said with a laugh. "But if not, whatever."

A's manager Bob Melvin knew of the developments, though he was not sure what exactly was said, er, typed. Melvin was on Twitter for three days during spring training. Then he quit it. Cold turkey.

"It was exhausting," he said. "I like to read the newspaper."

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