Oakland A’s closer Liam Hendriks isn’t upset about the Golden State Warriors picking up from Oakland and moving across the Bay to San Francisco this summer.
Despite the teams’ respective stadiums sitting right next door to each other for decades, Hendriks said on Tuesday that the relationship between the two franchises wasn’t actually that great.
“I don’t follow the Warriors,” Hendriks said, via The Athletic. “They treated us like s--t over here, so we don’t care for them much.”
Hendriks joined the A’s in 2016, just after the Warriors won the first of three titles in a run of five consecutive NBA Finals.
It’s their latest string of success, he said, that caused the relationship between the two organizations to deteriorate.
“When the Warriors sucked and the A’s were good, the A’s would give them tickets,” Hendriks said, via The Athletic. “When the Warriors became good they decided to cut all ties and become a--holes. So, no love lost for them leaving.”
Hendriks even recalled one incident with a Warriors security guard when he was trying to leave a parking lot that the two stadiums share.
“I got told I’m not as important as a player for the A’s as a fan for the Warriors is by a Warriors security guard,” Hendriks said, via The Athletic. “He wouldn’t let us out of the F Lot. We were trying to get out and he wouldn’t let us out.
It won’t be long before the A’s are the only professional team left in Oakland. The Raiders are set to depart for Las Vegas after this season, which will leave Hendriks and the A’s alone in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
While fans and residents of the city may not be happy about two teams leaving in just two years, Hendriks already has plans in mind.
“We can make some improvements after (the Raiders) leave,” Hendriks said, via The Athletic. “We can take their clubhouse, because their clubhouse is way nicer than ours.”
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