Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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John Rocker feels bad for A-Rod because of course he does

You'll probably remember Rocker as a marginal, journeyman pitcher who had a few mildly successful seasons with the Atlanta Braves in the late '90s. Scratch that. You'll probably remember John Rocker as the hotheaded closer who ranted about the 7 Train-and all of the gays and foreigners that come with it-to Sports Illustrated's Jeff Pearlman.

John Rocker feels bad for A-Rod because of course he does

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You'll probably remember John Rocker as a marginal, journeyman pitcher who had a few mildly successful seasons with the Atlanta Braves in the late '90s. Scratch that. You'll probably remember John Rocker as the hotheaded closer who ranted about the 7 Train and all of New York's gays and foreigners to Sports Illustrated's Jeff Pearlman.

To jog your memory...

  • On ever playing for a New York team: "I would retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing."
  • On New York City itself: "The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. I'm not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"
  • Well, apparently Real Life Kenny Powers is still milling around and someone must have told him about the Internet because he stopped by Reddit this afternoon for an AMA. He brought all of the "your mom" jokes with him, too. The crowdsourced Q&A tought us that John Rocker cannot differentiate between "your" and "you are" and that he actually considers Eastbound and Down "moderately flattering."

    Oh, and we learned that he's friends with A-Rod because of course John Rocker is friends with A-Rod.

    Alex is actually a friend of mine and I feel for him with all of the stuff he's dealing with. He'll get through it, but his career and legacy will never be the same. He's a good dude and it's very unfortunate how things are ending for him.

    Ugh. Just reading Rocker refer to A-Rod as "Alex" feels grimy enough to make you want to shower. Also, this seems like a wonderful opportunity to remind everyone that Pete Rose is still banned from baseball and we're all going to die alone.

    You can read the rest of Rocker's judgemental, infuriating, and antagonizing comments over at Reddit if you're into that sort of thing. Some of the language is a little rough. [Reddit]

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