Oakland pitcher torches A’s owner after announcing retirement

Trevor May of the Oakland Athletics reacts after a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays at RingCentral Coliseum on June 13, 2023, in Oakland, Calif.

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After nine years playing in the majors, Trevor May announced his retirement Monday on his Twitch stream and decided to go out with a bang.

The righty who played for the Oakland A’s last season gave a big thank-you to the organization but had no kind words for owner John Fisher, whom he singled out as the one man connected to the A’s he did not “love.”

“Sell the team, dude,” May said. “I tried to get a ‘Sell’ shirt. It didn’t get here fast enough. Sell it, man. Let someone who actually, like, takes pride in the things they own own something. There’s actually people who give a s—t about the game. Let them do it. Take mommy and daddy’s money somewhere else, dork.”


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May said that he spent most of the season having to bite his tongue regarding his thoughts on Fisher, but that was not the case on his stream Monday.

“If you’re going to be a greedy f—k, own it,” the 34-year-old said. “There’s nothing weaker than being afraid of cameras. … Do what you’re going to do, bro. Whatever, you’re a billionaire, they exist, you guys have all this power — you shouldn’t have any because you haven’t earned any of it, but anyway, whatever.

“It is what it is. Reality is you got handed everything you have. And now, you’re too soft to take any responsibility for anything you’re doing.”


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May likely isn’t going to make Fisher’s heart grow three sizes, but perhaps there’s some solace to A’s fans knowing a player like him had many of the same thoughts that they did about the owner of their favorite team. Though he was in Oakland for one year, the closer had a special place in A’s lore, securing the save in the famous “reverse boycott” that had “SELL THE TEAM” chants echoing outside the Coliseum.

Turns out, if you want to endear yourself to a fan base even more than doing something great in an important game, all you have to do is call the team’s owner a “dork” and “greedy f—k.”


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