Friday, June 30, 2006
By John McMullen
I'm in foreign territory.
Very strange territory indeed because I am about to defend the Philadelphia Phillies' management team.
Don't get me wrong, the Phils' front office is comically inept of public relations acumen.
Dane Cook or Dave Attell could probably get 30 minutes worth of stuff by just spending a day with Dave Montgomery, Pat Gillick, Larry Shenk, Scott Palmer and the boys.
But, at the end of the day, the Phils are getting lambasted because they didn't handle the fact that one of their players is a donkey. And I hate to break the news but it's just not their fault that Brett Myers is a coward and likes to smack around the ladies.
Should they have shut the imbecile down right away?
Of course....but understand they couldn't have suspended him or taken the only thing that matters to him (money).
The all-powerful Major League Baseball Players Association has rendered management impotent in these types of situations.
All the Phillies could have done was spin the situation favorably.
Now we are talking about the Fightins, so obviously they couldn't even get that done but is that all you want -- spin?
Who cares about spin?
Major League Sports is overrun with dopes and felons.
The wonderfully irreverent website Pro Football Talk just came out with its first annual All-Turd team and the sheer volume of names is astonishing. From DWI's to wife beating to drug dealing to manslaughter. It's all there....
Baseball is no different -- You can't field a professional sports team without a few numbskulls. It's the law of averages.
Heck, you can't even walk down the street without finding a schmuck or two.
I, myself have been labeled as a "bad guy" on numerous occasions especially when I am mocking organized religion or the political views of the obtuse.
Let's just move on and get back to blasting the Phillies for what truly matters -- the fact that Pat Gillick has put together a horrible baseball team.
-You can reach John McMullen at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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