It wasn't stunning when news broke that the gutless Seattle Mariners decided to boycott a newspaper journalist for reporting on the napping moody train that is Ken Griffey Jr.
The shocking part was that I'd forgotten Seattle still had a baseball team. Didn't the Mariners move to Oklahoma City?
|Mike Sweeney and the M's aren't tough on the field, so they are trying to show it in the clubhouse. (AP)|
The Mariners' 3-5 hitters at one point combined for four homers and 29 RBI. That's absolutely Marinastic. Seattle is as far from being a respectable franchise as a Great Dane is from permanently walking upright.
Yet somehow they find the time and energy to organize a silly and pointless writer boycott.
The Mariners have consistently beheaded competence with the steady efficiency of a lumber company deforesting the Amazon. And this joke of a franchise actually has the gall to boycott a journalist for doing his job. Typical. Just typical of the Mariners.
Even the Milwaukee Brewers think the Mariners are a joke.
Fake outrage at the media is so 1980s, very Molly Ringwald. But that's what the weak do. They blame their own incompetence on others. Aim at fat target. Point. Pull. Boom.
Just never thought in my wildest dreams the lowly, dreaded Mariners would pull a blame-the-media card while in their current gaseous state. The Mariners? THE MARINERS!
The incredible part of this story is that what Tacoma News Tribune writer Larry LaRue wrote about Griffey is probably accurate. It's also not that big a deal. Many players have napped in clubhouses during games. It's just that Griffey was the one player who got caught.
What the Mariners did next was turn a silly story into a larger one by making such a public stand over their boycott.
It's always amazing when a team of professionals who've spent large chunks of their lives around the media fails miserably in trying to understand us.
Griffey might be a temperamental child and spoiled superstar (who should retire) but the biggest hypocrite in all of this is Sweeney. His threats of violence during a team meeting are worthy of discipline from the Mariners or MLB.
"We will support and fight and take a bullet for Ken Griffey Jr. if we have to. He's our teammate," Sweeney told the media. "Nothing is going to divide this clubhouse, especially a makeshift article made up of lies.
"We don't think there are two players who said that [about Griffey sleeping]," Sweeney added. "I challenged everyone in that room -- if they said that to stand up and fight me. No one stood up."
Wait. He challenged teammates to fight?
Sweeney speaks constantly and publicly about his Christian faith. He gives Biblical quotes when signing autographs.
"For me, what gets me through the storms -- through the adversity -- is knowing that when I'm in that storm," Sweeney said in a 2006 interview about his faith, "my job is to get out of the boat, to not go with the flow, and to lock eyes with the savior and to realize that I'm not going to sink if I focus on Christ through the storms."
But he's challenging people to brawl?
That's what being a Christian means to him?
Many years of Catholic school taught me not to belittle anyone's religious beliefs -- and I am not, to be clear -- but Sweeney advocating violence doesn't sound like any Christian I know.
This is all typical Mariners.
Instead of focusing on the Herculean task of making the team better the Mariners waste time with boycotts and threats.
And don't dare speak of how the boycott is a way for the clubhouse to circle the wagons. What the Mariners need to do is circle the standings in red ink.
Besides, this is the same clubhouse in which players took anonymous sniper shots at Ichiro Suzuki several years ago calling him selfish.
Apparently, delivering anonymous shots is what Mariners players do best.
Unless you count losing.