By: Jeff Riger
Oakland A’s Right fielder Josh Reddick has had a hell of a season!
After playing a utility role the last 3 years with the Red Sox, 2012 was meaningful for the Savannah, Georgia native. In 156 games this year, Reddick hit .242 with 32 long balls and 85 RBI, all while playing Gold Glove caliber defense in the outfield. The A’s would not have had the magical season they did without the help of Reddick.
Before the American League Divisional Series got underway this past weekend, the media was allowed to obverse a mandatory team work out on Friday afternoon. During the workout reporters conducted interviews and it wasn’t very long before a throng of media gathered around Reddick. And the guy seemed really cool!
Reddick, rocking the mullet as usual talked about all the typical baseball cliché stuff but then got real when the topic of Oakland A’s fans were brought up.
In case you haven’t watched a home Oakland game in a while, the usual sparse crowds at the Coliseum have grown to sellout status and Reddick credits a select group of fans that were there from the beginning of the season that reside in right field. Reddick and the fans are constantly conversing about all topics ranging from baseball to why a fan in their section is wearing a Giants hat? The fans also point out the best looking girls as well for Reddick to catch a glimpse of when he has time. It was very apparent that the fans and Reddick got along great and that to me, a fan at heart made Reddick pretty cool in my mind.
But then everything changed…
After game one of the series where the Tigers beat the A’s 3-1, Reddick lost his cool! Justin Verlander lasted 7 innings against Oakland while striking out 11 batters and 5 in a row at one time. Reddick struck out 3 times, 2 thanks to Verlander. Instead of tipping his cap and moving on to game 2, Reddick decided to whine about the strike zone instead.
“It’s too big; he (Verlander) was getting stuff on the chalk and way off the plate. What else can we do about it now? You get frustrated and feel like it’s not your fault if you are complaining multiple bats and multiple innings” Reddick said.