Texas Rangers right-hander Matt Garza threw insults at Eric Sogard and his wife Kaycee on Twitter.
The rant started during the seventh inning of their game against Oakland on Saturday. Sogard bunted with a runner on third and one out, earning the A's an extra run.
Garza was offended, possibly for thinking Oakland was taking advantage of his defensive struggles. He let out a profanity-riddled tirade while walking to the dugout after the inning.
It might have been over, as he shrugged it off when asked about his comments.
Matt Garza on words with Eric Sogard after seventh-inning squeeze: "I asked him if there were any good places to eat in Oakland."— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) August 3, 2013
But Garza took it to his own Twitter -- a private account -- and responded to some tweets Kaycee Sogard had sent earlier that day. In his string of tweets, he slung sexist comments, including saying baseball is "a man's game" and that "certain people can't shut their woman up."
no no no no no no no no no pic.twitter.com/464l62XjYF— Lana Berry (@Lana) August 4, 2013
It is unclear what started the rant, as Kaycee Sogard apparently had a tweet deleted.
Get em on get em over get em in!— Kaycee Sogard (@KayceeSogard) August 3, 2013
Not sure where my last tweet went, but I find it funny ;) Eric is probably the last person to respond to getting called names.— Kaycee Sogard (@KayceeSogard) August 3, 2013
Eric Sogard said he did not think anything of the rant.
Nevertheless, Garza later apologized.
“All I want to say is I let my competitive spirit cross outside the lines, and that shouldn’t happen," Garza said. "I let my passion, my fire carry over, and that’s not how this game should be played. And for that I apologize to the Sogards for anything that was said through my Twitter. That’s all I have. I regret what happened, and I’m just looking forward to a great game today.”