I'm starting a new series here at The Money Shot, it's called The Middle Finger. It's pretty simple. When I find it necessary, I'm going to call out some douche. That's it.
With the baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony this weekend, I figured I should start by giving Cal Ripken the Finger. Why? He shouldn't be in the hall of fame for at least another 5 years. I laid out this amazing argument for my stance over at OCP a few months ago but it has disappeared and I'm not doing anymore research on that gray-haired fuck. Ripken is a great guy and a great representative of the sport. Too bad he wasn't a great player.
Today, I'm coming after you, Steve Phillips. In case you are unaware, Steve Phillips used to be the GM of the Mets and is now killing brain cells on Baseball Tonight a couple of nights a week. His opinions are often incorrect and his predictions tend to go downhill as soon as they leave his mouth.
I'm not even a Mets fan, in fact, I hate the Mets, and I still can't get over thinking "this guy traded Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano". How have Mets fans not shanked this guy yet?
Remember those dumbass fake press conferences that he held for each team last year??? What a waste of time. Seeing Phillips act like he's the GM of the Yankees nearly made me shat myself. It was that terrifying. I had nightmares for a week that he would trade Jeter for some Just For Men.
There are only two teams that Phillips will praise: the Mets and Tigers. And he's not even that subtle about it. Of course he's going to suck up to Mets fans to avoid being murdered for burying the franchise and the Tigers are his hometown team (which says a lot...mostly that his parents are likely cousins). Hey Steve, Kruk has no problem hammering the Phils when need be, why not try to be a little more objective.
And finally, Phillips went on the radio last month and said that my beloved Yankees were "D-E-A-D, dead." Good call, Aguatto. I knew immediately after hearing that, that it was on and the playoffs were not going to be Pinstripe-free for the first time in 13 years.
So, in closing, Steve Phillips, you sir are a fucking idiot. Have a nice day.