T.J. SIMERS CALLS ANDRUW JONES “THE TUBBO IN CENTER FIELD”

 T.J. Simers

Columnist, T.J. Simers, has a memorable piece in today’s LA Times. In it, he basically tells Dodgers manager, Joe Torre, who to play and taunts center fielder Andruw Jones into getting on a scale. Classic!

The problem with most sports writers who cover teams on a daily basis is they are totally beholden to the club to do their job. They need their team’s PR and media staff for access to players and quotes. They also don’t want to alienate the players they cover on a daily basis. Therefore, you will almost never read a truly negative piece by a beat writer. No matter how poorly a team is playing.

Meanwhile most high profile columnists who DO criticize the local teams (Jay Mariotti immediately comes to mind) won’t set foot in a locker room to face the people they criticize.

Simers is the rare exception for a columnist in that he will confront athletes and managers TO THEIR FACE. Often with comical results. From today’s column:

Now as for the tubbo in center in Andruw Jones, who began the night hitting .100, maybe we should no longer be looking for him to hit his weight, but rather just his age.
“The scale was wrong,” announced Jones, who had stepped on a scale in the Dodgers clubhouse Saturday for Page 2’s benefit. “That scale has been there since Jackie Robinson played here.”
The Dodgers’ website lists Jones at 210 pounds. He said he weighs 240, although the Jackie Robinson scale indicated he weighed 248.

“Go ask the strength and conditioning guy for my weight,” he said.

“I have no idea who the conditioning guy is,” I said.

“The skinny guy,” Jones said, while also making a point to say with a hint of humor, “the skinny guy can’t hit.”

“Are you getting closer?” I asked.

“To what?”

“Making contact with the ball,” I said.

“I make contact every day. Foul balls,” he said, and that’s progress, I noted.

 

 

 

Simers spends the rest of the column telling Dodgers manager, Joe Torre, how to do his job. Simers warns Torre he is about to go cover the Lakers for the next month, so he had best heed his advice NOW.

 

“The quicker he learns to go with Page 2’s advice, of course, the better the Dodgers’ chances to overcome their lack of talent. Davey Johnson, Jim Tracy and Grady Little were a little slow to grasp such a concept, and now they are no longer managers.”

 

Gee, I guess Joe Torre and his fistfull of World Series rings will just have to go it on his own.

 

FAT DODGERS CENTER FIELDER ANDRUW JONES IS HITTING .114 WITH O HRS AND 0 SBS

 

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One Response to “T.J. SIMERS CALLS ANDRUW JONES “THE TUBBO IN CENTER FIELD””

  1. T.J. SIMER VS ANDRUW JONES: ROUND TWO « Mike Responts: The Blog Says:

    […] month on The Blog we told you about the AWESOME confrontation between LA Times columnist T.J. Simers and Dodgers center fielder Andruw Jones. During that […]

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