Choo took issue with Banister's postgame questioning on Wednesday
The Texas Rangers' 5-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night happened in part because of a Shin-Soo Choo throwing mistake in the eighth inning. Rather than hit the cutoff man, Choo threw to third (trying to cut down Josh Reddick). Third baseman Joey Gallo caught hte ball and fired it back toward second in an attempt to nail Ben Zobrist, but his throw flew into right field, scoring Reddick and advancing Zobrist to third.
It was a turning point in the game, and afterwards manager Jeff Banister asked Choo his thought process on the play. As Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported, Choo didn't appreciate the questioning: “We’re not playing for the first time,’’ Choo said. “We know how to do it. We know the situations. But we can’t make (the plays) all that times. That’s what happens. If I throw to third base and we get an out, nobody says anything. … (Banister) told me `What do you think about this situation? I know the situation, but you can’t make it all the time.’’
Fraley notes that Choo seemed to take the questioning as an implication that the loss was his fault, to which he said, “We lost the game because of me? (Expletive) that.’’
The two of them had a chat on Thursday morning, prior to the Rangers' finale with the A's: