This is the third of a three-part series bashing Andre Ethier.
Andre Ethier doesn’t like reporters. You all know that. Ray Charles can see that. I know that. I also have seen the disgust he displays towards them. If you don’t already know, I don’t like fish hacks either, but Dylan Hernandez, Ken Gurnick and Tony Jackson are of a different ilk than TJ Simers and Bill Plaschke or Steve Dilbeck.
Dylan, Ken and Tony have no ax to grind with Andre, but he has always treated them like crap. Andre knows that he makes $10 million a year and they make squat, so why should he treat them like anything but what they are (that’s how he thinks)? Which brings up a question: Does it make any difference how you treat people and what does it mean if you treat them badly?
Jesus said that “if you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Maybe you don’t believe that. OK, The Koran declares that making the earth a better place is every human’s job in this world and criticizes humans for their selfishness, which causes them to lose sight of their Creator, and if you don’t believe that, just skip this post.
The point is, why treat someone who is trying to do a job poorly? Now I am distinguishing Jackson, Hernandez and Gurnick from the shock journalists like Simers, Plaschke and Dilbeck. The former report the news – the later twist the news to their own agendas. I can understand Andre being rude to Simers. Shoot, I might even endorse it! (For the record, TJ is a charming guy and his articles are just his persona, but I get it that ballplayers could grow weary of him).
If Jackson, Hernandez and Gurnick spilled their guts on Ethier, you all would run him out of town on a rail. They have so much stuff on him that he should always be kind to them. In fact, he should tip them $500 bucks after every interview.
Andre, what part of the horse are you going to be when you grow up?