Thursday, June 30, 2005

Camera Crazy

Is Kenny Rogers kidding? Was his outburst yesterday just something to get his name in the newspapers and people talking about how the 40-year old pitcher is having possibly his finest season yet? Maybe he’s having personal problems or maybe he was just frustrated that his team is falling apart lately? Was he not feeling good-looking yesterday? Whatever the case may be, he acted like a complete idiot and should be fined and suspended by both Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers.

From all accounts of the situation it appears that he first shoved a Fox Sports photographer and then grabbed the camera out of a KDFW-TV station cameraman before kicking it and sending the poor guy to the hospital. The cameraman, Larry Rodriguez needed medical attention to his shoulder and arm. Had teammate Rod Barajas not pulled him away and taken him into the clubhouse would Kenny have done more damage?

This is the same southpaw who last week punched a water cooler with his right hand and broke a small bone in his pinky finger.

I guess the only thing I can say to “The Gambler” is apologize for what you did. Tell Mr. Rodriguez that you fully understand that he was just doing his job and that he didn’t do anything wrong. Say ‘I’m sorry’ to the fans of the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (who the Rangers were playing). And then do your suspension and pay your fine and move on. You’re on a really good team that needs you.

And lastly, while you’re passing out the apologies you might as well tell me and all of the other New York Mets fans world wide that you’re sorry about throwing ball four to Andruw Jones in Game 6 of the 1999 NLCS with the bases loaded to send them to the World Series. You couldn’t even throw a strike!?! C’mon buddy.

One more thing – thank goodness Frank Francisco is on the DL right now. Can you imagine if the Ranger relief pitcher was there yesterday? He would’ve grabbed a chair and beaten the poor cameraman with it like he was in Oakland again and was in fear of his safety from the Athletic fans…especially the woman whose nose he broke.


At 6/30/2005 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't you be mad all the time if your name was Kenny Rogers - it's like being named Michael Bolton (Office Space '97)

At 6/30/2005 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well put Gregg. I think Kenny Rogers is just a jerkface. Ball 4 and tears stream down my face.

At 7/02/2005 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenny Rogers was dead wrong in what he did. He has to apologize and take his 20 game suspension and $50,000 fine like a man. But c'mon about this poor camera guy. All the news show's say he was "attacked." I've seen the replay several times. Rogers wanted to take the camera out of his hands and give it a kick. Never did Rogers try to injure him, but now this low life camera guy filed assault charges and went to the hospital. I'd really like to see his so called injury from that. He probably paid off the ambulance crew to kick him in the shins a few times and promise them a piece of the pie on the civil suit. Ridiculous!

At 7/06/2005 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He shoulda gotten a season like my boy Artest did! Artest was provoked and assaulted, Kenny Rogers was simply spottin'!


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