Hey Brad Penny, David J. Neal (what does the “j” stand for anyway?), ESPN and others in the media – give it up. Stop trying to pick on the Marlins because, well, you all dont have any sense anyway.
Brad Penny, the fat and lazy Penny that couldn’t seem to grasp the fact that it takes more than a good fastball to pitch in this league (keep watching that radar gun, son) wants to take a pot shot at the Marlins organization for suspending a bat boy that took a dare. A $500 dare that Penny initiated. Now, anyone who blames the bat boy for taking that dare is a moron, granted. But anyone not pointing a finger at Penny, apparently a court jester in his spare time, is deficient in grey matter as well.
The Marlins organization didn’t blame Nick the bat boy for taking the dare, they just penalized him FOR taking the dare. Why? Imagine Brad Penny in his underwear scratching his head with that ol’ Gump look on his face and you will see where I am going with this.
What our stand up comic/Punk’d inspired Penny doesn’t seem to realize is that the Marlins are trying to run a business. That means there are legal ramifications to that business. The bat boy is under 18. He is under the legal protection of his parents – and they signed him over, essentially, to the Florida Marlins, LP for work. That means, the Marlins are legally responsible for his safety and well-being during his scheduled work hours.
Oh yeah, legality. Bet Penny couldn’t even spell “law”.
Who is to say that in the future another baseball player offers more money for something more dangerous? No, I am not saying anyone is going to get KILLED, but badly hurt. Then you got litigation pending against a player, against a ball club not to mention the bad press involved. Not that that would matter, because all the media in South Florida seems to be concerned with is sensationalism and giving the Marlins bad PR anyway.
So, it is lose/lose for the Marlins. No comment means let it go away. Commenting only keeps it open.
Regardless of what their intentions really were, the Marlins dont seem to get a break. Could they have been raving lunatics suspending the bat boy for no reason? Sure. And that is what Brad Penny would have you believe, after all players get 10 days suspension for using steroids but 6 for drinking a gallon of milk. Yeah, we agree, the penalty for steroid abuse is ridiculously harmless. Although, that wasn’t what Penny was trying to illustrate with that comment. And the blatant criticism of MLB practices seems to go uncontested not to mention that MLB rules and clubhouse rules of an independent frachise have nothing to do with each other. Apples and oranges, Brad. Try eating some for a change.
But couldnt the Marlins also have had a damn good reason for suspending our beloved bat boy in order to set a precedent? Yes.
But why would Brad Penny or even the South Florida media demonstrate any sense whatsoever. They never have in the past, and never will. They are a complete list of bumbling idiots. And I got $500 bucks to prove it.