Dallas Braden is angry the A’s are trying to profit off his "Get off my mound" scold of Alex Rodriguez.
The A’s left-hander told reporters Monday the team is selling T-shirts that contain the phrase against the wishes of himself, his teammates and the players union. The unlicensed shirts, which have been on sale for a month, do not include Braden’s name and uniform number but do feature the phrase and a slihouette of his pitching motion.
"It’s just not cool," Braden said before the A’s and Yankees met for the first time since the April dustup. "It’s just a serious, gross lack of tact. At the end of the day, I hope I do not become associated with that kind of approach."
Braden said he understands the club’s desire to make a buck (the A’s are charging $25 a pop) but is upset with management’s unwillingness to listen.
"They’re trying to generate revenue, trying to get butts in the seat, I can see that," Braden said. "It’s almost like, at what cost do you do that? They didn’t have permission. They were told on multiple occasions, that, no, it’s not a good idea. It’s not going to be approved. They just kind of put the horse-blinders on and ran with it."
Braden said he doesn’t have or want a shirt and added that he considers it an affront to A-Rod and the game. "We’re all fraternity brothers. This is baseball. You don’t ever put two guys against each other, no matter how fun-lvoing or severe the incident might be," Braden said..
Braden yelled "Get off my mound" at A-Rod during a game April 22. Rodriguez angered Braden by stepping inside Braden’s "office" after a foul ball.
The two haven’t spoken directly to each other since, though they did trade barbs through the media. Braden pitched a perfect game three weeks after the incident, but has since landed on the disabled list with an elbow injury.
Even though the two are together again, Braden isn’t interested in a confab. "I’m not a big hype guy," he said. "It is what it is. Done deal."