OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick said he just wanted to have a little fun when the A’s got to the airport Sunday after sweeping the Mariners in Seattle and found waiting for them a plane decorated with … a San Francisco Giants logo.
Reddick tweeted a picture of the plane with the caption: "Apparently we made the jump to a new plane. #AreYouKiddingMe." It made the rounds on websites and social media, drawing some angry responses from A’s fans. But Reddick said A’s players didn’t share that anger.
"It got taken way out of proportion I believe," Reddick said on Monday. "We were just trying to have fun with it. Nobody was legitimately pissed we were on the Giants’ plane … It’s not like we hate those guys. We just thought it was a little fun banter to have fun with, and apparently it got taken a little bit out of proportion."
The A’s charter two planes they share with the Dallas Mavericks. But both were in use Sunday, so the A’s went through another airline to find a backup. They were given one that the Giants are chartering this season, not realizing until they reached the airport that it features the Giants’ logo and slogan under the cockpit window.
Reddick said the interior of the plane had first-class seats from front to back and plenty of room for the A’s to relax. He also said it wasn’t as nice as the plane the A’s typically use.
"I missed our plane," Reddick said. "(Mavericks owner) Mark Cuban knows what he’s doing. That plane is stupid nice, if that’s even an adjective to use for that.
"(A’s traveling secretary Mickey Morabito) does a great job of getting us the best travel possible and that’s what he did (Sunday)."
The Giants’ main Twitter account got in on the irony, responding to Reddick’s original tweet with a post that read: "I mean, the plane IS rather giant. Enjoy your comfy flight!" It was more light-hearted than some of the responses Reddick said he saw from fans.
"Everybody’s anti-Giants when you’re rooting on the green and gold," Reddick said. "But what fans need to understand is we’re not going to be mad about that. Fans make the rivalry a lot more than the players do.
"Yeah, the games, mean more because of the rivalry that has been created here. But we’re not going to make a big deal out of something like that. That was a nice plane."