Posted on 18 February 2009.
I do give the guy credit – every few years he does write a relevant column, and he’s way overdue, but today is not the day! TJ Slimers of The LA TIMES writes that “The Dodgers should have held on to Brad Penny rather than getting angry at him — especially knowing their strategy is take advantage of the trading deadline.” Oh OK! Let’s keep a guy who is (1) surley with fans; (2) late all the time; (3) has a horrid work ethic; and (4) leaves his team while they are in battle. Sorry TJ, but I rather stick toothpicks in my eyes than have to put up with that fat, surly, lazy, punk. Oh, I’ll give him credit – he has great stuff, he just doesn’t work or think. Other than that, he’s just fine. A couple of years ago he arrived at Spring Training obviously lighter (sans about 30 pounds) and had a good season. You could see he was out of shape last Spring, and you also see the result. A man a whole lot wiser than Slimers says “you reap what you sow.” Some say, “what goes around, comes around, Karma!” At the prime of his career, Brad Penny got a one-year/$5 million dollar deal when a guy whose stuff is arguably not much better, gets paid that much by the Yankees for just a month of work. That guy (CC) also knows how to pitch. Brad Penny has a $30 million dollar arm… and a 10 Cent brain! I could say he has a nickel’s worth of guts, but I think it’s just a Penny!
Oh, Larry Bowa hurt your feelings? Did he say you were a sissy? Did he call you a “girly man?” OK, I can see resting your arm, but how about working that fat a$$? I can see you not throwing, but why do you have to show up late? I can see not stressing your arm, but can’t you be part of the team in the dugout during the game? I can see focusing on pitching, buy why did you treat your fans with sush disdain?
Brad Penny – you are not a guy anyone would want to go to war with. Someday, maybe even this year, you will wake up and realize that you are blowing it. Someday, you may be the pitcher I thought you could become. Change your thinking, change your life. Change your character, change your habits. However, until then you remain… Bad Penny.