IT IS TIME TO SEND PUDGE PACKING
You will never hear me scream "Power of Pudge. Spirit of Detroit" again on the Sports Inferno. It was my way of supporting catcher Pudge Rodriguez who left the Florida Marlins as World Series MVP and joining the Tigers.
He is a bad dude and he is dividing the Tigers dressing room.
It's time to go.
He does not respect teammates, has cursed at Manager Alan Trammell and has one set of rules for himself while another is written for teammates.
It is time to go.
The problem is the Tigers are protecting him and lying for him. This is their meal ticket and everybody is expendable. And please folks. Do you really think he is injured?
The man is pouting. It is time to go.
Lets get into a couple of these lies.
Dombrowski gave Pudge permission to leave the team during his four-game suspension. That is not true. Dombrowski in fact vetoed Pudge's request. It was owner Mike Ilitch who told Pudge to take time off and clear his mind. Perhaps Ilitch knows his star player no longer wants to be in Detroit. Maybe this was his way of trying to pacify Rodriguez, hoping he changes his mind.
Dombrowski acted like the good soldier and took the bullet for the team.
Lie number 2.
Pudge missed his flight from Columbia to Kansas City.
How do you miss a private jet? When you hire a private jet they leave when you are ready to leave. The truth is Pudge tried to stretch vacation an extra day. But he did not count on bad weather delaying his flight.
There are so many other things that I cannot get into now. He is an island on this team.
And no Trammell is not a great manager. But this guy won a World Series for this town. Pudge did not and will not. Tram is loyal to this city. Pudge wants out.
I say give him a swift kick.
Say no to Pudge.