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Rangers Pitcher C.J. Wilson On Oakland: ‘The Mound Sucks, The Fans Suck’

I’m not the keenest mind around, but something tells me Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson isn’t too fond of Oakland, whether it be the town, the weather, the fans or even the field at O.co Coliseum (that’s what they’re calling it now? Seriously?). Heck, the hatred for Oakland by Wilson is so evident, so all-consuming, the guy probably hates oak trees simply by association with the town’s name.

Wilson, scheduled to pitch in Oaktown on Friday against the Athletics, let his feelings be known quite clearly in an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

“I hate pitching there,” Wilson said. “The mound sucks. The fans suck. There are no fans there. The fans who are there are really adamant, but sometimes you’ll go there and there’s 6,000 fans. I just wish the fan base supported them a little more.”

He continued with his Oakland haterade when he commented on the crisp weather and whether he would ever consider playing for the Athletics when he becomes a free agent after this season (via MLB.com):

“I’d rather pitch here than in Oakland, regardless of the weather,” he said. “I don’t like their fans. You don’t need to worry about me signing there after the season. They hate me anyway, so it doesn’t matter. The players on their team hate me, whatever. I don’t care. It’s true — dudes on their team don’t like me. I get it.”

If Wilson could have somehow incorporated some comments about the quality of the city’s mass transit system and the town’s immigrant population, he might have very easily veered into John Rocker territory with his critique, but alas, thankfully for everyone, he did not.

But really, C.J., come on, tell us how you really feel. Don’t hold back, now. We want complete and total honesty, even if your thoughts on the subject might appear a bit on the brutal side. Just let it loose, sir. Oh, you’re good? Okay, cool.

Wilson trashes Oakland, its fans and chilly weather [Fort Worth Star Telegram]
No love lost between Wilson, Oakland [MLB.com]