OAKLAND, Calif. -- Fans didn't flock to O.co Coliseum on Friday night to show C.J. Wilson their civic pride, though the ones who did come showed their displeasure toward the Texas Rangers left-hander.
They heckled him as he warmed up 30 minutes before the game, booed him as he was introduced and booed him even more loudly as he jogged to the mound before the first inning.
The comments he made Wednesday found their way to the Bay Area and were the topic du jour on area sports-talk shows. In the end, though, the crowd was only louder than normal.
On the field, the team went down quietly. The Rangers scored six runs in the second on their way to a 9-1 win.
The playing surface was the Rangers' biggest concern. The Oakland Raiders hosted a preseason NFL game Thursday, and the field had to be transformed from football to baseball Friday.
Work wasn't completed until 5 p.m., so batting practice was canceled. That mound that Wilson dislikes so much had to be rebuilt, and the grass in center field showed signs of having half of a stadium sitting on it.
"The infield is in good shape," manager Ron Washington said. "I walked it, and other than center field, left and right field seem to be OK. When they have to leave that stuff out there for eight, nine or 10 days, it can get rough."
Rangers players seemed amused by the work being done as they arrived Friday afternoon. The outfield wall had to be reassembled, as did both bullpens, and there were multiple mowers and tractors on the field for several hours.
The were even two painters assigned to cover up the yard markers and boundary lines of the football field, which stretched from left field to right field and from the pitcher's mound into shallow center field.
"It was pretty bad," outfielder David Murphy said upon his initial inspection.
Unable to do any work before the game, Rangers players weren't sure what to expect once the game started. Infielders didn't have much to worry about, though shortstop Elvis Andrus said chasing pop-ups into the outfield could be a little tricky.
The toughest task fell to Endy Chavez in center field, where the grass was discolored and possibly matted down some from having the portable and gigantic Mount Davis upon it.
"I can't believe they're doing a turnaround this quick," said Josh Hamilton, who started in left field but could play center field this weekend. "You can deal with the surface. You don't worry about your footing. You worry about how the ball's going to bounce more than anything."
There were more than the 6,000 fans Wilson said typically attend A's games, but the attendance was plenty sparse. The made-over mound didn't seem to bother Wilson.
Many of the boos reserved for Wilson were used in the second on right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who allowed six hits, and shortstop Cliff Pennington, who committed an error and couldn't start a double play later in the inning.
Washington, who coached with the A's for 11 seasons, said that he hadn't met with Wilson to discuss what he said and didn't offer any comment about Wilson's words.
Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden reportedly gave Wilson a T-shirt with an inscription that suggested sometimes it's best to not reveal all of his thoughts.
As expected, Washington had nothing bad to say about Oakland.
"Hey, I love it here," he said. "The only thing that's concerning to me is that they know I love it here."
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760