Jim Bunning Thinks Stephen Strasburg Is a Wimp
Today's entrant is Jim Bunning who was, of course, a starting pitcher for 17 big-league seasons before becoming a Republican Senator from Kentucky. 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!"
"He was in the top one percentile," Bunning said, pinching his thumb and forefinger together. Now, Bunning said, he's closer to the 50th percentile.
You know who are also jokes? All those losers who lost their jobs when the economy tanked.
It's true, we really treat pitchers with kid gloves these days. How else can you explain a pitcher getting only 11 starts before the age of 25 except that our modern age turns talented hurlers into wimps, right? Not quite. It's Bunning who started 11 games before he turned 25 and Strasburg who has nine career starts at the age of 22.
What's more, Bunning is either ignorant or simply choosing to be insulting by accusing Strasburg of refusing the ball on Tuesday night. Anyone with half a brain and even those with less that actually pay attention to baseball know that the decision was made by people well above Strasburg in the pecking order. They have millions of dollars invested in the kid and want to be sure that they get what they pay for.
The problem with that retort is that it is taking Bunning seriously when his comments make it clear that he should be treated like the joke he accuses Strasburg of being.