NEW YORK -- The A's defended their actions Sunday after Yankees infielder Eric Chavez ripped them in the New York Post for what he saw as excessive dugout celebrating during Saturday's 14-inning game.
Chavez said the A's went over the top with their celebration after each of three home runs they hit in the top of the 13th, in a game in which New York eventually prevailed 10-9.
Chavez, as quoted in Sunday's Post, described it as "an orchestrated clapping, chanting" celebration that he labeled "high school-ish," "distasteful" and "a little slap in the face."
The collective response from the A's clubhouse:
What's the big deal?
"I think the most important thing is it happened in our dugout," veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes said before Sunday's 5-4 A's victory. "It didn't happen between the lines."
The routine the A's did is based on the Randy Moss-related "One Clap" song and video clip that was all the rage on YouTube. Gomes often played that song during spring training, and he said the A's have done the routine all season in the clubhouse and on the team bus.
Somebody yells "One Clap!" and teammates respond with a clap.
Gomes said such antics benefit the A's younger players who are in their first pennant race.
"We have (14) rookies on this team. You take the fun away and we're screwed."
A's manager Bob Melvin said he had no problem with his players letting loose in the dugout.
"We play the
Added A's catcher Derek Norris: "We've done the same thing all year. We're a ballclub and we have great camaraderie. Whatever we do is our business."
Chavez won six Gold Gloves while playing third base for the A's from 1998-2010. It's worth noting that he irked the Yankees during the 2000 American League Division Series when he remarked before Game 5:
"It's time for some other people to have some glory here. They've had a great run."
Chavez was playing first base in the 13th Saturday and had a good view into the A's dugout.
"There's always a right way and a wrong way to go about it whether you win or lose," Chavez said in an interview before Sunday's game. "The game's not over until it's over."
Gomes said the controversy wouldn't have lingering effects in the A's clubhouse, but added of Chavez's criticism:
"I think they have one of the most animated guys in the game on their side in Nick Swisher. He does some stuff that I wouldn't do. But it doesn't bother me."