On April 22, then-unknown Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden made a name for himself when he lashed out at New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez for breaking one of baseball’s unwritten laws – you never walk over a man’s mound. Braden screamed, “Get off my mound!” at the admitted steroid user, sparking a rivalry in the media that culminated with Braden’s grandmother telling A-Rod to “stick it” after Dallas threw the 19th perfect game in MLB history on Mother’s Day.
The two have since made amends for their misunderstanding, and had hoped to move past the earlier squabble and just concentrate on baseball. That is, until Braden took umbrage with a marketing move by the A’s that used his likeness on t-shirts with the phrase: “Get off my mound.” Braden didn’t think the idea was too cute, calling the shirts a “gross lack of tact.” He then stomped his feet and locked himself in his bedroom for the rest of the evening.
But how does he know it’s actually his image on the shirts, Fanhouse?