C.J. Wilson trashes Oakland, its fans and chilly weather

Oakland general manager Billy Beane can strike one free-agent pitcher from his off-season target list, not that the pitching-heavy Athletics will have much need for mound help.

C.J. Wilson is no fan of Oakland, its antiquated stadium, its weather or its lukewarm fan base. He doesn’t seem to have a very big spot in his heart for A’s players, either.

The left-hander is scheduled to start Friday at Oakland as the Texas Rangers open a 10-game road trip. Wilson is 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA in three starts against Oakland this season.

“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.”

Wilson seems to think a new stadium would help bolster the fan base and make Oakland a place teams like traveling to a little more. But the weather, which can turn cold at night, also isn’t a Wilson favorite.

He even likes the Texas heat more than the East Bay chill.

“So, you don’t have to worry about me signing there in the off-season,” Wilson said. “The players on their team hate me. Whatever. I don’t care. We’re rivals.”

Source:  Jeff Wilson @ The Star Telegram

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