Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden erupts at anti-violence meeting

Athletics starting pitcher Dallas Braden. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters file photo)

Athletics starting pitcher Dallas Braden. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters file photo)

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, Last Updated: 3:48 PM ET

Dallas Braden delivered some heat at an anti-violence meeting in his home town of Stockton, Calif.

The Oakland Athletics starter got into a shouting match with the local police chief over the city's escalating violent crime rate.

"Arm yourself or get out. It's the Wild West. The Boys In Blue, they're outgunned," Braden told CBS Sacramento.

Braden came to the meeting armed with a baseball bat, claiming it was for protection.

The 29-year-old said in recent weeks his grandmother was robbed and he was attacked while in his car. Both times, he claimed, police effort was lacking.

"My anger is for the fear of the community. We can't do anything," Braden said. "I walked in there with a bat. It starts there."

Braden said he's moving from the city, where the murder rate is on a record-setting pace.

"I've fought for this community. I've given back to this community," Braden said. "This community raised me to be where I am today, and to be lied to blatantly by the guy whose supposed to be running the shots around here, I can't do anything. I have nobody to go to."

Braden has been sidelined for over a year due to a shoulder injury. He is best remembered for throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Oakland on May 9, 2010.


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