Rangers Pitcher Matt Garza Went on a Misogynistic Twitter Rampage This Weekend
The square jaw and impressively rectangular goatee should be proof enough of the incredible manliness of the Rangers' newly acquired righty Matt Garza. So manly is he that it's all but inevitable that the testosterone that courses through his veins will eventually boil over and spill out onto Twitter, which is what happened after Saturday's loss to the Oakland A's.
Here's a sample of the Tweets, directed at the wife of A's infielder Eric Sogard:
@KayceeSogard tell your husband to speak up so his wife doesn't have to do it for him... Chumps! Hahaha! (@Gdeuceswild) August 3, 2013
Where I come from, if my wife spoke up for me, so give your husband his balls back! It's a mans came and keep your trap shut! @EricSogard (@Gdeuceswild) August 3, 2013
@EricSogard keep your woman out of it... Mans game...So no place in Oakland to eat huh! (@Gdeuceswild) August 3, 2013
@RealNolanBailey @EricSogard childish is having your wife speak for you! certain people can't shut there woman up! (@Gdeuceswild) August 3, 2013
The backstory is that Sogard laid down a textbook squeeze bunt in the seventh inning of Saturday's game, driving in an insurance run. This made Garza want to murder the scrappy second baseman, at least judging by this USA Today photo and his profanity-laced tirade upon reaching the dugout. Yahoo Sports speculates that Garza felt that Oakland was taking advantage of his "strange inability to make quality throws while not on the pitcher's mound."
Garza apologized on Twitter later that night for "let[ing] my competitive edge out," then followed up on Sunday with an actual 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.
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