ARLINGTON -- C.J. Wilson made it clear on Wednesday that he does not enjoy pitching in Oakland.
"I hate pitching there," Wilson said. "The mound [stinks]. The fans [stink]. There are no fans there. It's too bad, because the fans that are there are really adamant and stoked on the team. They play drums and they wave flags, and it's cool. But some games you go there and there are, like, 6,000 people there. It's kind of sad, because that's a Major League team, and there are guys out there that are obviously pretty good players. Guys like [Trevor] Cahill and Gio Gonzalez, obviously, they are All-Star pitchers, and I just wish the fan base supported them a little bit more."
Wilson, who is eligible for free agency after the season, said there is no chance he would sign with Oakland, largely due to its fan base.
"I'd rather pitch here than in Oakland, regardless of the weather," he said. "I don't like their fans. You don't need to worry about me signing there after the season. They hate me anyway, so it doesn't matter. The players on their team hate me, whatever. I don't care. It's true -- dudes on their team don't like me. I get it."
Wilson starts in Oakland on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.