Sunday, June 25, 2006

This (Ugly) Week in Baseball

First, Ozzie Guillen, career low-rent loudmouth, takes his high profile pie hole to new depths:

"After the Chicago White Sox manager (Ozzie Guillen) used his second anti-gay slur in a year, he offered three different non-apologies on Wednesday, including the claim that he loves Madonna and the WNBA, just like every other gay person."

OutSports.com reports: "White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who on Tuesday called Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti a "fag," is just the latest in a long list of athletes who have issued the patented "non-apology" for an insensitive comment. By deflecting blame or not addressing the real issue, athletes for years have managed to somehow appease people by offering a post-screw-up statement that kind of sounds like an apology but isn't. Guillen has treated us to several laughable non-apologies with this one incident."

Oh, yeah, Ozzie's been lovin' gay people for ever-so-long a time. This from a 2005 WaPo article I happened upon whilst reading about his latest screed:

Unlike the majority of managers, who measure every word and try to be as vanilla and non-controversial as possible, Guillen has no governor switch on his mouth. He is, at various times, goofy, outrageous and profane. He has an opinion on everything, and he's happy to share them all with you. He never needs to go off the record because half the stuff he says is so vulgar and ridiculous, he knows it will never make print.

And, yes, occasionally his mouth gets him in trouble. Beghtol lives in fear of these moments, but sometimes, like an overmatched boxer, he's powerless to stop them. Guillen's mouth is too big, too strong.

Guillen has been suspended this season for calling an umpire a liar. He riled some of his players by telling reporters during a late-September losing streak, "We flat-out stink." He once suggested reliever Damaso Marte was faking an injury. He got in trouble this year when he pointed to an old friend he had spotted during batting practice, and said to the pack of reporters, "Hey, everybody. This guy's a homosexual. This guy's a child molester."

"Ozzie is the Hispanic Jackie Mason," White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf explained, when asked how he deals with Guillen's talkative tendencies. "If you look at him in that light, you don't worry about anything he says."
Of course, if you look at him with your eyes open, Jer, what you see now is the inevitable consequence of trying to pass off grandiose bigotry as "colorful" once too often. Let's see if he ducks out on mandated sensitivity training as he claimed he would. Not that you can teach a pig to sing, anyways.

Had enough? The national pasttime isn't through with you yet:

The Philadelphia Phillies gambled a piece of their public image Saturday for three runs and seven hits in five innings.

The Phillies decided to let Brett Myers pitch a day after he was arrested for hitting his wife. He was booed repeatedly at Fenway Park in a 10th-inning defeat against Boston.

The pitching line for Brett Myers at Fenway Park was not nearly as significant as his presence. The day after Myers was arrested and arraigned on charges that he assaulted his wife, the Phillies allowed him to take the mound, another startling development in a trying weekend.

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The Phillies did not seriously consider taking Myers out of his slot. When Pat Gillick, the Philadelphia general manager, was asked Friday why he would not push Myers back in the rotation, his response was refreshingly honest but potentially inflammatory.

"I think it's in the best interest of the club," Gillick told reporters. "He's our best pitcher."

Executives faced with similar situations often tell reporters that it is unfair to discipline a player before the legal process unfolds. But Gillick did not give the pat answer.

He implied that his decision might have been affected by Myers's ace status.

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"It's disappointing that the Phillies didn't consider Brett Myers's status as a role model when they decided to play him in this game," Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, said in a telephone interview. "It sends such a bad message to kids who watch sports. When someone who has just been arrested for assault is the starting pitcher, it seems like there are no consequences."

The incident between Myers and his wife, Kim, took place on a street corner. Courtney Knight, a witness, told The Boston Globe: "It was disgusting. He was dragging her by the hair and slapping her across the face. She was yelling, 'I'm not going to let you do this to me anymore.'"

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Myers expressed little remorse Saturday, apologizing only that "it had to get public."

Sorta makes you long for the good old days of the steroid scandals. Heckuva job, Buddy. Keep it up and you might land yourself a job at FEMA.

1 Comments:

Blogger bluememe said...

And I got squeamish thinking the Yankess were too Republican...

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