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Marginal celebrities are not concerned about the Red Sox

Apr 13, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

Duff McKagan

I think everyone who works in baseball is tired of talking about whether the Red Sox will turn it around.  So it’s nice that some people from the larger world of entertainment are picking up the slack.

First comes a guy who I wouldn’t have guessed would have an ESPN column someday, former Guns ‘N Roses bassist Duff McKagan:

But before any of us gets a little too far ahead of ourselves, let’s just remember that we are only 10 games into the season. Before we state that the Cleveland Indians are going all of the way, or that the Red Sox are already out of it, let us remember how small of a fraction this first 10 games is to the rest of the season.

Actually, McKagan’s column is a lot better than what a lot of full-time sports columnists pass off. Which is the dirty little secret of sports writing, even if it shouldn’t be a secret: all you really need is to (a) know sports; and (b) be able to write.  There aren’t some other magical requirements. And in no case do having other such magical requirements make up for not knowing sports and not knowing how to write. So if you want to be a sports writer, just get in the ring. It’s so easy!

More troubling are the comments of one Charlie Sheen. Who has a long and established track record of knowing baseball, but who has become something less than a reliable analyst on a host of matters in recent months.  What say you about the Bosox, Charlie?

“I’d tell everybody to shut up, that they’ll bounce back. It’s a long season and there’s a ton of talent there and a really bitchin’ hitter’s park they play in. Relax.”

In other words, the Red Sox are totally screwed.

Now, I’m off to see what Kirk Cameron and Mr. T. have to say about John Lackey‘s velocity.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    But what does Erik Estrada have to say about violence in Dodgers Stadium?

    • halladaysbicepts - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Didn’t you hear? Ponch and his CHIPs motorcycle went missing years ago on a routine patrol in the hoods of South Central.

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      He would have jumped his harley cop bike over 50 cars fixed his glasses and said “don’t even think about it” to the thugs.

  2. itsacurse - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Yes, Fenway is such a bitchin’ hitters park that the Rays hung 16 in a slaughter of the Red Sox this week.

    • bigharold - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

      Hey, .. if Charlie AND Duff say it’s so who are we to argue.

      After all the didn’t Ol’ Tiger’s blood Sheen once play a baseball player in a movie? Nuff said!

  3. halladaysbicepts - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Just look at Duff’s picture. If that doesn’t look like a guy that doesn’t know baseball, I don’t know what one looks like. Clearly, he knows that 10 games do not make a season.

    Actually, I would rather pay to see Mr. T beat up Kirk Cameron.

    • nightman13 - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM

      Mt. T would beat up Kirk Cameron but he doesn’t want to get little bits of Delusional Cult Leader on his gold chains.

  4. Mike Luna - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    It’s that 2nd part that gets a lot of so-called professionals in trouble, as they often confuse “know how to write” with “know how to type”.

    • yankeesfanlen - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      Are you perhaps speaking of the esteemed Murray Chass who doesn’t know Johnny Damon from Damon Runyon?

  5. heyblueyoustink - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Seems to me the Red Sox are on a Nightrain, and they’re ready to crash and burn…..

  6. Gobias Industries - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Breaking News: Rob Manzoli – briefly a member of English pop band Right Said Fred – has scheduled a news conference for 3pm EST to discuss his prediction that Dan Wheeler will earn a miminum of 25 Holds this season. Details to follow.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      Why Right Said Fred?!? WHY?!?!?!?

  7. stairwayto7 - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    RedSox nation is DEAD! Fans will now be Oriole fans!

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:28 PM

      oh my god, they will kill you in Boston, don’t ever go there.

  8. nightman13 - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    I pity the fool that calls Mr. T a marginal celebrity.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      Yeah. Marginal? Absolutely. Celebrity? Not for the last 20 years.

  9. toosoxy - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Oh no. Charlie Sheen is defending us? God help us all.

  10. fquaye149 - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    I take extreme umbrage with the idea propagated in this post and in the ensuing comments that Duff McKagan is anything but a celebrity of the highest order. >.<

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM

      is he related to Hillary Duff ??

      • fquaye149 - Apr 13, 2011 at 7:20 PM

        You’re Crazy…

  11. cintiphil - Apr 15, 2011 at 9:37 AM


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