Friday, August 27, 2010


Atrios noted today that GOP senator and former pitcher Jim Bunning was obnoxious as usual last month when he heard that the young Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was hurt (Strasburg is now scheduled for serious surgery):

A reporter from Politico asked Bunning for his thoughts about Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg missing his start on Tuesday with shoulder soreness. Bunning grabbed his arm with a fake exclamation of pain and then decided to question Strasburg's manhood.

"Five-hundred twenty starts, I never refused the ball," Bunning said. "What a joke!"

Yup -- and in 1968, according to Frank Dolson's book Jim Bunning: Baseball and Beyond, his insistence on pitching when he was injured hurt his team and cost his manager, Larry Shepard, his job:

Bunning hasn't gotten any smarter over the years, has he? (He won 4 games that year and lost 14, by the way.)

No comments: