04.08.05

Ducks Sign Racist Fuck

Posted in Baseball at 11:40 am by

Newsday’s Bob Herzog on the career revial of that great thinker, John Rocker.

He once called New York baseball fans “stupid” and made several racist and homophobic remarks about other residents of the city, but now pitcher John Rocker believes he is making a smart move to revive his career in, of all places, the New York area.

Rocker, 30, yesterday signed a contract to pitch for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, where he is hoping to showcase his talents and attract interest from a major-league club.

Ducks owner Frank Boulton considered Rocker’s excess baggage before making his decision to add the pitcher to the roster of the defending league champions – after he received an unlikely inspiration.

“I took all of this in and I asked myself: Does he deserve another chance?” Boulton said. “I’m a Catholic. I went to Villanova. I was watching all those people lining up this week to see the Pope and I wondered, ‘What would the Pope do?’ He would give him another chance.

“He didn’t commit a crime. He’s paid for making inappropriate remarks as a 25-year-old.”

From a pure pitching standpoint, Ducks pitching coach Dave LaPoint, a former major-leaguer, said Rocker still throws hard enough to be a good fit for the Ducks. “I told him this is the best place to show he can get back to the big leagues,” said LaPoint, who believes Rocker has plenty left. “We’re like the Yankees of the independent leagues. Everyone is out to get you.”

If nothing else, Rocker will be pleased to know that he’ll not have to take the 7 train to get to his new place of employment. He might encounter the odd undesirable on the LIRR (if not Jim Carey trying to recover his memory), but that’s how public transport is these days.

3 Responses to “Ducks Sign Racist Fuck”

  1. charles says:

    I want to go to the game with a sign that says “Two tool player: Racist AND Hypocrite”

  2. Chuck Meehan says:

    If the performance this past series from Phillies very late-thirtysomething set-up men Rheal Cormier and Tim Worrell are any indication of how they are going to perform in 2005, I would say that if it came down to a choice of Ed Wade trading off somebody like Ryan Howard for his annual summer emergency BP “help” (alumni: Wendell/Cook, Mike Williams, Turd Jones) or picking up a healthy, ready to rock 30 year-old John Rocker, Phillies fans would all of a sudden get all like “Hey, he was just young, brash and dumb”…”deserves a shot at redemption”..etc…etc..). note: Here are Rockers career post-season #’s:
    20 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 10 H, 8 BB, 26 K in 20 games

  3. Chuck Meehan says:

    After yet another Phillies BP crapout in St Louis (and a major Bowa-style managerial gaffe from Charlie Manuel in not bringing out Billy Wagner for a 4-out save situation, instead bringing in Aaron Fultz to BB in the tying and winning runs on 9 pitches), I’m ready to start monitoring Rockers appearances with the Ducks and lobby for the Phils to pick him up. I mean, hey, he was just young, brash and dumb and he deserves a shot at redemption..

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