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Jon Heyman and A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle joust over AT&T Park and O.co Coliseum

Mark Townsend
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(USA Today)

While tweeting during the Giants-A’s game at O.co Coliseum on Tuesday night, veteran baseball writer Jon Heyman managed to get under the skin of Oakland fans and even a few A's players when he noted how much of a shame he felt it was that the first two games of their interleague series had to be played in Oakland, while AT&T Park sat empty across the bay.

Hey, Jon, I certainly understand where you're coming from. The ballpark and the atmosphere in San Francisco trump the overall experience of watching games in a stadium not designed for baseball, but did you really want to go there? Did you not know you'd be rubbing a few people the wrong way?

Actually, I'm pretty sure he did. And honestly, I'm kind of glad he did. Not so much because I agree with him — which I do, because I prefer the chaotic and unpredictable nature of AT&T Park — but because it set off a series of passionate responses from A's players. The most passionate of which came from left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle.

First things first, though. Here's how Heyman started the issue.

Doolittle didn't respond with a jab. He went right to the overhand left.

But Heyman isn't backing down.

And neither is Doolittle.

Unfortunately, there have been no further barbs traded (at least between those two) in what Heyman has described as a "fake controversy." Other A's players, such as Josh Reddick and Brett Anderson, have also weighed in via social media, and you can see exactly what they had to say over at Bay Mode.

Honestly, I don't see this as much of a controversy, either. It's just one man's opinion of the vast difference between two baseball stadiums. An opinion I'm sure is shared by many (probably a good number of A's fans, too). I just think it's cool that A's players are standing up for what's home to them.

Is it perfect? No, of course not. But it's home, and no one else is allowed to talk about their home.

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