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Injured A's pitcher Dallas Braden was at the center of a bizarre scene during an anti-violence rally in his hometown of Stockton on Wednesday. Wearing a backwards hat and carrying a bat, Braden yelled at Stockton police chief Eric Jones, saying the city's police isn't doing enough to keep citizens safe.

Braden, whose Stockton pride runs so deep he has a "209" tattoo, said in a television interview that he plans to move out of town. He claimed his grandmother was robbed recently and that he was attacked in his car, though he didn't get into specifics.

Apparently, the bat was to symbolize how violent things had become.

"Arm yourself or get out," he said in an interview with CBS13. "It's the wild west and the boys in blue, they're outgunned. My anger is for fear for our community. ... I've already put my home on the market here. I'm out."

Braden, who is sidelined after shoulder surgery that's expected to keep him out well into next season, didn't respond to a text for comment, and the voice mail on his cell phone was full and not accepting messages.

A's spokesman Bob Rose said the team had no comment and that Braden wouldn't be in any hot water for making a scene.



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