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Dennis Eckersley rips Brian Fuentes

Dennis Eckersley

A guy who knows a thing or two about closing in Oakland -- Dennis Eckersley -- took to the airwaves today to tear Brian Fuentes a new one over his post-game comments last night. And not just any radio station, but the A’s flagship station, Sports Radio 95.7 in Oakland. John Shea of the Chronicle passed along Eck’s comments in several tweets:

“Weak. If you fail, you fail. You don’t throw the manager under the bus. “You can’t say what he said. Period ... He’s been around the big leagues too long to act like that ... He makes a ton of money, and he’s not the greatest closer in the universe. So zip it ... It makes him look bad. It just does. At the same time, it doesn’t show a lot of respect for the manager ... If I’m the manager, he’s in my office. If that was La Russa, are you kidding me? He’d chop my head off. I would make a formal apology ... Geren’s got to do something.”

This is one of those times when I actually do agree with the old timer who says “we didn’t pull that stuff back in my day.”