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The Mariners continue their childish boycott of Larry LaRue

May 13, 2010, 8:35 AM EDT

Mariners logo.gifFrom today’s Tacoma News-Tribune Mariners-Orioles game story by Larry LaRue:

For the second day, none of the players would talk to The News Tribune
in the wake of a players-only meeting that followed a report that Ken
Griffey Jr. was napping in the clubhouse during a game last week.

Are there any grownups working for the Seattle Mariners, or do Mike Sweeney and Ken Griffey, Jr. run everything now?

I mean, fine, be as mad as you want about LaRue’s reporting, but the spectacle of 25 ballplayers shunning someone who’s job it is to cover the team is a pathetic one, especially in light of the fact that the team’s denials of his reporting were tepid and equivocal.  Unless the Mariners are seriously accusing LaRue of making his story up out of whole cloth, two of those 25 people shunning him LaRue told him what he reported. If the Mariners have a problem with the substance of it, they should be looking within, not lashing out a beat guy from Tacoma. 

Either Don Wakamatsu or Jack Zduriencik needs to tell the Mariners players to get over it and be the bigger men.  Larry LaRue isn’t the first reporter to write something negative about this team, and he most certainly won’t be the last, especially given how poorly they’re playing.  If the team can’t handle that, how on Earth can they be expected to handle the A’s, Rangers and Angels?

  1. MasterP - May 13, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Please, these players get paid a ton of money and they act like complete tools. The truth is the truth….Nappy boy needs to retire…

  2. KC Mariner - May 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    LaRue has indeed run afoul of certain players in the clubhouse before (although I don’t know many Mariner fans that would willingly side with Carlos Silva). I’m not sure if this link will work or not….
    http://www.proballnw.com/04-2009/your-enemys-enemy-is-your-friend/
    As a Mariner fan this is just another drop in the bucket for what is becoming a very frustrating season. I don’t have enough fingers to point at all the people to blame, but at least (unlike 2008) Ichiro isn’t getting thrown under the bus this time.

  3. dsmith4444 - May 13, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    The better question is, “Are tehre any reporters that are grown-ups working at all. You idiots, you can’t just make news and write what you want, we are believe you morons less and less. You are liars, fabricators, obfuscators and then you want to call people names because they won’t talk to you. NA-Na-Na-Na-Na. Whiny punks are all that you are. There is not a single reporter that has the balls to stand up and say, “Editors used to hold us accountable for the truth. But the subjectivity level is all we need now, and it is based on how outrageous we can make something sound, oh, and if it isn’t true, nobody cares. Screw this little whiny biatch, he is a liar and I hope somebody does a little more to him than just not talk. Yes i am advocating biatch slapping his ass in public.

  4. Eve - May 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    It is not often that athletes have an opportunity to stand up to the media and I am so glad the Mariners have taken this line of action.As far as I am concerned, the two punks in that clubhouse who went to LaRue and reported that Griffey was sleeping should have identified themselves by now.If your mouth is big enough to tell a tale about a future Hall of Famer, you better back it up. Second, LaRue should have had the common decency to go to Griffey and the manager to ATTEMPT to confirm the story. However they chose to respond, so be it. there is nothing “childish” about the boycott. LaRue is being taught a lesson and other media members would be wise to pay attention.

  5. Ron - May 13, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    LaRue, as a reporter, has the right to write any story he wants. It even says so in the 1st Amendment.
    The 6th Amendment, however, states:
    “to be confronted with the witnesses against him”
    LaRue is not the one accusing Griffey. 2 unnamed sources are. If LaRue wants to accuse Griffey himself, he should, and the Mariners are wrong. If he’s going to hide behind two anonymous sources, then he deserves any treatment he gets. Mostly for acting like a kid in junior high and using gossip as a right to publish an article.
    This is not an investigation of war crimes, or airline safety, or congressional misdoing, and ‘whistle blowing’ doesn’t really apply. It’s baseball. Its a game.
    Why is that so many people who want to hero-worship the players refuse to understand that they are a bunch of overgrown jocks who live and work in a high school, locker room mentality every day. And the reporters love being part of it and exploit it at every opportunity. They’re all wrong.
    LaRue is guilty of passing off gossip as legitimate journalism, and the Mariners are guilty of being juvenile. Seems to me every one is filling their role perfectly, and we should celebrate the proficiency of this, and not turn it into the McCarthy-era witch hunts too many people want.

  6. Ron - May 13, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    And for those who are going to nitpick, yes, I do know that the 6th Amendment refers to criminal trials. However, just like the rest of the Constitution, specifically the 1st, 4th, 9th, and 10th Amendment’s, it is open to interpretation, and has been used outside of criminal cases.

  7. Oldtimer - May 13, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Mike Sweeney, a never was, that placed his stamp on the losing tradition that KC sports now enjoys, decides at this late date to become a leader. What a joke! He zapped 55 million from the Royals at a time when they should have been building a team. The contribution made to the Royals was that “s-Weenie” was holding prayer gatherings in the showers at Kauffman locker rooms, before, during and after the games. Most fans in KC resent him nearly as much as they do David Glass.
    I always find it hilarious that the press is vilified for reporting negative stories about our “beloved” heroes, such as Clemens, Bonds, Sosa, Griffey. Most are largely despicable human beings who were monumentally overpaid to help destroy Americas’s game. Trying to preserve the “integrity” of the game in this manner is tantamount to “shooting the messenger”.

  8. sanclementejedi - May 13, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    In the words of ken Griffey Jr. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  9. Buddy Grant - May 13, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    I agree with dsmith4444 regarding the advocating of violence towards reporters, except he does not go nearly far enough. I think we should actually *kill* the messengers. Those nosy parker reporters are ruining it for all of us, with their incessant questioning of various things. Get with the program reporters!
    Now about Sweeney/Griffey Jr. – I propose that they both might need MORE naps, not fewer. As we grow older our periods of sleep are shorter, and many people have to augment their night sleeping with day time naps. Perhaps the Mariners should focus their efforts on providing their veteran players with more comfortable hammocks for use during games.

  10. baseball 101 - May 13, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Wakamatsu needs to get on the stick and do something, not just stand there.
    When is the guy that’s truly in charge,going to be accountable for his team’s action.
    It’s patly coach Wakamatsu’s in action that has this team in the dump, no little ball, no competion within, no coaching.
    This team is a mess, with not a lot in the cupboard at the AAA level.
    Whenit comes to real sports, I see why Seattle is rated at the very bottom right now, and no the Storm and Sounders don’t count.

  11. dlp - May 13, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    The only ones that think the boycott is childish is the reporters and quite honestly, they were the cause. How would any of you like to have a bunch of idiots ask you the same stupid and obvious questions every day. If these guys could come up with a few new and interesting questions it might help but if they keep thinking they can say anything they want regardless of whether it is derogatory or not, then they will find fewer and fewer player willing to talk to them.

  12. DawgFather - May 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Wish there were more peeps like you and Mike G! Great conversation from you both.
    Cheers~

  13. The Rabbit - May 13, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Yes, the Mariners are acting like children but perhaps it’s to provide a distraction from a bigger mystery: Where is Chone Figgins and what have the Mariners done to him?

  14. Steve - May 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    I would like to see how some of you would act if you had to explain every aspect of your life and work every ten minutes to a reporter who only has a job becuase of you, then he ripped you. Glad they are boycotting him and hope more teams do the same!

  15. Dave S - May 13, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    I personally think what they are doing is completely acceptable, and I don’t blame them a bit. I couldn’t be any more sick of the tabloid journalism, sensationalism, and any other garbage just about any reporter will whore themselves to write simply to further their career and sell papers. Reporters should not be allowed to name “unnamed sources”, or any of the other technical catch alls for spreading rumors.
    I wish everyone would boycot irresponsible rag mag jouranalists!!

  16. M's Fan - May 13, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    You don’t have a single fact correct…that’s quite a feat. One of the team batboys confirmed to me personally that Griffey was asleep in the clubhouse. And yes, he does it frequently. LaRue was right, and he’s being a really nice guy and a professional journalist not to throw his two sources under the bus, where they essentially put themselves.
    On behalf of all M’s fans, we need to see two things happen. First, fire Mike Sweeney with extreme prejudice. He’s not a professional baseball player anymore and has now become a total farce as he leads this idiotic boycott. The fans like Larry’s coverage of the team and we read him faithfully…so essentially the players are punishing the fans here by denying us coverage.
    Second, formally ask Griffey to retire. He is no longer a professional baseball player either, and is clearly not that serious about the game anymore. It’s beyond time for him to hang ‘em up.
    If both Sweeney and Griffey are team-first, gung-ho baseball guys like they seem to think they are, then they need to realize both of them are directly hurting the team and costing it chances to win ballgames, and they both need to be gone, retroactive to last year!

  17. Dan - May 13, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    You sound like an whiny school girl who didn’t get invited to sit with the popular girls at the lunch table Calcaterra. Go get a real job and stop wasting everyone’s time with this non sense.

  18. M's fan - May 13, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    All of you slamming LaRue for doing his job well, please put your money where your mouth is and take Sweeney and Griffey on YOUR hometown baseball team. They are quite possibly the two worst players in the league right now and have ZERO business being on ANY major league roster. Until you have to watch these two idiots torpedo your team’s offense day in and day out, keep your mouth shut about this since you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about!

  19. mykolm - May 13, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    YES! I agree with this comment. Reporters need to know what information should be published and which tidbits should be kept locked up. There are many unwritten rules in baseball. Mr. LaRue should have known to keep this quiet, regardless of its authenticity. It’s an honor to cover a major league baseball team. If he wants to smear the team, then he will pay the consequences. The players are under no obligation to speak to every reporter.

  20. Tom - May 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    The media is upset because someone is finnaly fighting back. Todays media is a complete sham. THey all have an agenda. Embarass and degrade people so they get attention, money and fame.

  21. Denise - May 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Frankly, I am tired of reporters not knowing their boundaries. Here in CHICAGO they slam the SOX for any stupid thing they can make up.Too bad for the beat reporters but if you lie down with dogs….Whoever this guy is is clearly out to attack a guy who , unlike many, did not take steriods and truly gave more than 100%.That does not always sit well with people who play with a guy like that day after day. Junior has accomplished things this butt head reporter may never dream of …Those small people who cannot do what others do always end up trying to tear down others who are the good guys. Go ahead, you attack them too.. In the end you won’t EVER get their information again. You should be talking to LaRue and not bashing the team.

  22. mykolm - May 13, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Hey M’s Fan — you certainly don’t sound like a fan. You sound like a bitter old man who never played past Little League, never penned a sports article and loves talking behind people’s backs. I would love to see a situation where somebody likes you gets a chance to meet Mr Griffey or Mr Sweeney in person. I find it highly unlikely that you would voice your cancerous opinion to their faces. It’s easy for people such as yourself to hide behind your oxymoronic screen name. Piece of advice: Support your players — especially one who SAVED YOUR FRANCHISE.
    Now go back and play with the bat boys you know so well.
    Sheesh.

  23. Bigrat - May 13, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    NOW who’s being childish.. You doof reporters who started this whole thing.. grow up.

  24. Wade Tonkin - May 13, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    LaRue is not a hack – he’s a respected journalist and I don’t think he made this up.
    I’m in no way surprised that Wak said what he did (backing Griffey) as he has to keep the team on his side. He’s protecting his guy. Sweeney is trying to use this as a way to pull the team together in an “us against the world” thing.
    To think that LaRue would commit job suicide by writing this story and getting himself iced in the clubhouse if he didn’t have total confidence in what he was writing is absurd.
    I’ve been reading LaRue for 10+ years and he’s one of the best of them.

  25. ed-dough - May 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Do you REALLY believe a manager would send a .140 avg hitter to bat instead of Ken Griffey Jr? If so, that says volumes about either the manager or the current talent level of KG Jr.

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