Josh Reddick, the Houston Astros’ Outfielder made a comment regarding his discontentment regarding the game played between his new and former team, Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics.
A reporter asked Reddick about the game after the game what he thinks of the back and forth game just been played, on th
is he gave his response as follows:
“It was fun,” Reddick said Friday. “Playing some meaningful baseball in this ballpark doesn’t come around a whole lot. As a guy who’s been in it before in the past, it’s a lot of fun when the fans do come out here. They really make a lot of noise and make it loud here, so it’s a lot of fun to be a part of.”
What he said clashed with what he actually meant and as a result, he got a lot of raised eyebrows. All of his old fans booed him for his comment that brought the player a lot of distress.
After receiving so many hateful comments about him he according to the Susan Slusser from San Francisco Chronicles clarified that he meant that Astros had not played many meaningful games at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, but the damage was already done.
When the crowd did not subside jeering at him, Reddick took on Twitter at Saturday Evening to set things straight again. He explained that his comment was misunderstood and was “taken out of context”
“I never meant that ‘meaningful’ games were never played at Rickey Henderson Field,” Reddick wrote. “I played for [five] years in a great organization where I played in a lot of memorable baseball games. [Three] of those years were playoff teams and VERY meaningful games. So for my words to be taken the wrong way by so many people is heartbreaking.”
Reddick added “I would NEVER bash Oakland or the fan base regardless of who I play for. That being said, I’m happy for all those guys in that clubhouse. It’s good to see them winning and playing so well.”
Reddick has played around 596 games in five seasons with Oakland A’s which is the longest ever tenure of his big-league career. After leaving Oakland after he was traded to Los Angeles Dodgers he batted an ERA of .326 which includes five doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs in 114 appearances against his old team members from Oakland Athletics. Now he is playing for Houston Astros and has won his first World Series last season with them.
Regardless of his trade Reddick has always received a warm welcome whenever he visited his hometown. During last season, the Astros manager A.J. Hinch permitted Reddick to take the lineup card during his first series back in Oakland. Also, the stadium played Reddick’s trademark song (George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”) when he entered.