Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Let No Good Deed Go Unpunished
Exactly one week ago, I came to the defense of ex-MLB pitcher John Rocker. I thought that it was time to give the guy a break more than five years after he made certain intemperate remarks about New Yorkers. Especially, following five years where a combination of foot-in-mouth-itis and various injuries had left his career hanging by a thread playing for a minor league team on Long Island.
I thought that Rocker was perfectly fine telling a heckler to go #$%^# himself. Let everybody move on and let the guy have an opportunity to get back on his feet, show how much he has matured.
Well, so much for that. Don't I feel like a sap? Rocker now claims that not even Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson had to endure the sort of abuse he has:
"I've taken a lot of crap from a lot of people. Probably more than anybody in the history of this sport. I know Hank and Jackie took a good deal of crap, but I guarantee it wasn't for six years. I just keep thinking: How much am I supposed to take?"
Does Rocker have any idea how many extra years Robinson had to stay in the minors because of his race? Forget about Robinson and Aaraon. How about all the other black players that didn't have quite the strength of character that Branch Rickey saw in Robinson to take the risk to make him the one to break the color line. For that matter, forget about just the black players at the time.
Does Rocker even have a clue at some of the abuse Rocker's white teammates and roommates had to take because there was a N***** on the team? Oh, of course not. What an idiot. The only bigger idiot, of course, is your humble blogger for actually trying to give this guy a break.
Bye, bye, John, don't let the LIRR train door hit your ass too hard on the way out.