Thursday, June 5, 2008

And They Lollygag Around the Infield Too!

Profane tirades -- complete with a thrown garbage can -- in Seattle:
"We're playing our ass off every day and got nothing to show for it. I'm tired of (expletive) losing, I'm tired of getting my ass beat, and so are those guys. We've got to change this (expletive) around and get after it. And only we can do it.

"The fans are pissed off, and I'm pissed off, and the players are pissed off. And that's the way it is. There's no (expletive) easy way out of this. Can't feel sorry for ourself. Gotta (expletive) buckle it up and get after it.

"I'm tired of (expletive) losing (expletive) every night, and we bust our ass. It's got to be a total team (expletive) effort to turn this thing around, and that's it."

The words were yelled, certainly loud enough for his players to hear in another room, as tears of rage and frustration filled McLaren's eyes. After more than two months of defending the indefensible, the manager finally snapped.

Call me crazy, but I have this feeling that McLaren isn't going to get a tenth of the crap Ozzie Guillen got over his expletive-fueled rant the other day.

8 comments:

Jason said...

meh, it's Seattle. Great town, but gets lost in the noise.

Rob said...

The difference is that Ozzie has a long history of mouthing off to (and about) the press, while McLaren doesn't. Any time you live up to the easy storyline, newspaper writers are going to run with it. It happens in politics, it happens in baseball.

Kind of makes you wonder why people like Jay Mariotti actually get paid for what they do. Maybe all the recent buyouts suggest that the papers are asking the same question.

Ralph said...

You're right, he won't get anywhere near the amount of crap that Ozzie got, and for good reason. It's well known that Ozzie is an outspoken hothead with a propensity to say insane things. Also, McLaren didn't throw his GM under the bus, saying that changes needed to be made.

themarksmith said...

Does "ass" count as an expletive? I've never been sure which words count as "bad words". Can anyone help me? It seems as though b**** is a bad word, but I still hear it every once in a while on TV.

Alex said...

I saw the replay of that tirade, and I didn't buy it. He didn't look that upset, but more like he knew he had to curse and raise his voice to fire people up. That's how these things work, right? Well, McLaren didn't look too comfortable doing it, threw the f-bomb in at all the wrong places, took one for the team.

Julio said...

I am not sure I understand the purpose of this particular tirade. If he says they are playing their @#&!$% off, why yell and scream? You try to fire the players up if you think they aren't working hard or don't care. He did this to take the pressure off of himself and his coaches who were lambasted by the team president before the game. Sounds like he may have lost the clubhouse already.

Richard Dansky said...

I believe this is called "auditioning for the next boss."

Drew said...

The big difference is that he didn't explicitly challenge his GM and say he needed to do something. That's where Ozzie crossed the line between "being upset" and "being a dick".