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AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE.................MIAMI ICE - "JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ"........
07/24/2014 @ 09:38 AM
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AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE.................NFL 's 1st "GAY" - (who cares?)........
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AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE................."BIG CUBANO" .....................
07/22/2014 @ 11:45 AM
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AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE................."WHO GOES 9 ANYMORE?"...........
07/21/2014 @ 08:55 AM
a ML pitchers nightmare are "arm" problems causing the need for "Tommy John" surgery...high school pitchers are now having the controversial operation...

AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE.................NAUGHTY - NAUGHTY "MASCOTS"....................
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A half-dozen Cub "mascots" are in trouble...the national league club have filed suit against several people for behaving badly.....

AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE.................MLB No.1 "JERK"..............................
07/19/2014 @ 10:31 AM
The Atlanta Braves cut loose Dan Uggla - he's not worth the trouble keeping him around the club-house.

AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE.................BASEBALL'S " SNOOZE " TIME.............................
07/18/2014 @ 10:51 PM
Baseball fans have complained for several seasons now games are too long - most complaints come from TV viewers watching night games that go on forever..but some fans even sleep at the bllpark.....

AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE................."LIKE FATHER - LIKE SON"............
07/18/2014 @ 11:01 AM
Major league baseball wants the son of Hank Greenberg - former Detroit Tiger slugger - Hall of Fame member to be the game's next Commissioner...but he say's "NO THANKS."..........

AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE................."LOSERS WORDS""...............
07/16/2014 @ 02:19 PM
From a young age we learn to be "careful" how we speak - words are powerful - we become what we speak. Many of our Washington leaders never learned this lesson.....

AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE.................AMERICA's NEWEST SPORTS ICON" - " DEREK JETER"...............
07/15/2014 @ 06:25 PM
On and off the field Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter's been an All-Star for 20 years of his major league career. Baseball record books show he's been selected to the AL All-Star team 14 times out of 20 officially but fans no better.......


AN IDIOT IN EXILE.................

Posted on 07/24/2014 @ 03:13 PM

AN   IDIOT   IN    EXILE.................

Is Johnny Damon an "idiot?" Read Pat Jordan's recent story on the ex-Red Sox/Yankee star and you be the judge. The Damon column is called - (bold large black type) AN IDIOT IN EXILE...(Google it).

Pat Jordan's a respected writer - he wrote a book on his own minor league baseball days when he had ambitions to play in the big leagues. The book's called "A FALSE SPRING" - Time magazine called it one of the "best and truest books about baseball" - and about coming to maturity in America.

Johnny Damon lives today in Orlando, Florida. He's been out of baseball for the last few years. Jordan wanted an up-date on Damon's life. They agreed to meet last March at an IHOP in Orlando. Over pancakes - waffles - bacon - and coffee - Damon held nothing back,

Damon told Jordan he loved playing games - pranks on teammates. Dropping water balloons from the upper floor of hotels on passing pedestrians below. Hell - in my first minor-league season as a young 18 year-old Dodger farm hand my teammates played the same pranks. One night in the Georgia/Florida league after a Saturday night game I was standing in front of our team hotel talking with a 6'2" Georgia State trooper when one of my teammates dropped a large water balloon on our heads. After he cuffed me to a lamp pole he marched inside - water dripping down his face - he got the room numbers of all my teammates - called for reinforcements - and a bus to take us to the local jail. They crammed twenty-plus young Dodger farm hands into two small cells and we stayed there over night. In the morning our manager Stan Wasiak came to get us out in time to play a Sunday afternoon double-header. We're we "idiots" - absolutely. Baseball players are like children. Jordan should know that. He was once a baseball player.

Johnny Damon spoke to Jordan from his heart - he wanted back in the game - wanted the fun of playing pranks on teammates - he believes he has more talents at age 40 than most players clubs are signing. He admits being child-like -having fun - and liking women. He told Jordan he was disappointed that no one's called him - not old teammates - club GM's - that troubled him deeply - he raised the question of being "blackballed" and asked the question "why?" Johnny Damon spilled his guts out on top of that IHOP tabletop to Pat Jordan on that March day.

In my opinion Pat Jordan's bold black story headline - AN IDIOT IN EXILE - is off-base. Damon's far from being an idiot - he just wants to play baseball - remain a "kid" as long as he can. Why not - the world's run by "grown-ups" - "how's that going?"......

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
source:patjordan/Sportsonearth/wikipedia