Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Kent’

T.J. SIMERS STIRS UP VIN SCULLY/JEFF KENT FEUD

August 17, 2008

VIN SCULLY

As we’ve written earlier, Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers is having a career year.

Simers is at it again. This time he’s managed to drag legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully into a feud with acerbic second baseman Jeff Kent. Kent has always been a bit of a dick, but this is a fight he can’t win.

In 59 years of broadcasting I can’t remember Scully EVER being touched by controversy. Now, after Simers relayed some of Scully’s play by play comments back to Kent, the LA second baseman said,

 

 

“Vin Scully talks too much.”

 

 

 

 

 

Unbelievable. Rather than back down from his comments, Kent repeated them at a Dodgers function where he addressed a WOMEN’S GROUP. I don’t know what possessed the Dodgers to choose Jeff Kent to speak before 200 women. Public speaking isn’t exactly his forte.

Finally, just what were the “controversial” comments made by Scully? He pointed out the statistical FACT that Kent is hitting .500 with newly acquired outfielder Manny Ramirez hitting behind him. Somehow Kent took this as a personaL insult,

 

 

 

“It diminishes my whole career and all the hard work. I take it as an insult.”

 

Kent has raised his batting average 20 points since the Ramirez trade.

 

BOMB THROWING LA TIMES COLUMNIST T.J. SIMERS

DESPITE HIS PORN MUSTACHE JEFF KENT DOESN’T LIKE PORN

July 30, 2008

JEFF KENT’S MUSTACHE

There’s no doubt that newspapers are dying. Despite this fact, many sportswriters are making more money than they ever have before. A lot of those writers aren’t necessarily doing the best work of their careers. In fact, the Skip Bayless, Jay Mariotti and Woody Paiges of the world are now unproductive parodies of themselves. Tony Kornheiser was so useless that the Washington Post paid him millions of dollars NOT to work.

However, there is one old sportswriter who is having a career year. T.J. Simers of the LA Times has been masterful. His running feud with “Tubbo” Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andruw Jones has been sheer genius. Now, Simers may have topped that. He actually managed to get a good quote out of surly Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent.

JEFF KENT

Getting Jeff Kent to say something remotely interesting or funny (intentional or not) is no easy task. In fact, it hasn’t been done until now and this is Kent’s 20th season in professional baseball. In his latest column Simers lauds Kent who has been unpopular with his teammates his entire career (Barry Bonds, for instance, HATED Kent.)

Simers got Kent to open up about exactly why he has been so unliked by his peers despite a borderline Hall of Fame career:

 

 

 

“I don’t hang out with the guys — never have. I don’t go out drinking, look at porn, have a girlfriend or get divorced — so I’m selfish.”

 

 

How awesome is that! Jeff Kent maintains the reason he is unpopular is he is faithful to his wife and doesn’t like porn. Congrats to T.J. Simers for pulling THAT quote.

 

T.J. SIMERS