Oakland's ballpark, built in 1966, may not be as aesthetically pleasing as San Francisco's AT&T Park, but, "At the end of the day," said lefty Sean Doolittle, "That's our home."
Talks of a new ballpark for the A's have circulated for years, but no plans have gained traction.
"I get what he was trying to say," said Doolittle. "You can't deny the fact it's a concrete castle. It's outdated. It is what it is. It's not the state-of-the-art stadium these other teams have. But it's our home. It's got a certain character to it, and we think it provides a distinct home-field advantage for us with the fans. I was just defending our territory."
Doolittle also took to Twitter in the wake of Heyman's remark, and he wasn't the only one. Several of his teammates, including Brett Anderson, also weighed in. Reliever Jerry Blevins thought about tweeting, but opted not to, instead simply saying Wednesday, "I don't think that's how he meant it. I just think it came across very poorly. He could have worded it differently."
However, Blevins was aware that Heyman declined to comment about his tweet at the request of a local radio station and said, "I think he should have taken the chance to kind of put his side of the story out there."
Manager Bob Melvin, who purposely refrains from engaging in the Twitter world, had gotten word of Heyman's tweet by the time a reporter asked him about it.
"Well, you know what, if you come out and experience the atmosphere at our ballpark, maybe you wouldn't say that because it's a pretty dynamic atmosphere, with those fans being very vocal there," Melvin said. "It's unlike anywhere else, just that you get that component both ways. It makes for a very dynamic atmosphere. Even the Giants were making comments about how great the atmosphere was."
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.