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Denny McLain thinks Brandon Inge should shut up

Jan 30, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

Denny McLain

Former MVP, Cy Young Award recipient and 31-game winner Denny McLain is a convicted felon and an all-around scumbag.  But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a funny guy.

McLain was invited to speak at Madonna University in suburban Detroit over the weekend and the subject of the Prince Fielder signing came up. McLain took issue with Brandon Inge‘s unhappiness at — gasp! — losing the starting third base job to Miguel Cabrera.  From the Detroit News:

Denny McLain held up an autographed photo of Brandon Inge and showed it to his audience. “This was Brandon Inge’s last photo before he began whining about his playing time,” McLain announced … McLain held the Inge photo up and tossed it to the floor. “It’s the first time he’s hit something in two years,” McLain said, to more laughter.

OK, that was kind of mean. But it was also kind of funny. Don’t tell me it wasn’t.

That said, I’d rather be Brandon Inge on the worst day of his life than Denny freakin’ McLain. Because, let’s face it: it’s way better to be not-so-good at playing baseball than it is to, say, steal millions from pension funds and stuff.

  1. atworkident - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    I am usually lukewarm on your stuff Craig… but actually both you AND McLain were funny on this one.

  2. rambodiaz - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Madonna University? Who’s speaking at The Gloria Estefan Institute this year?

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      The public relations genius from Mercedes Benz who inserted that Che Guevara photo into their annual convention visuals last month….?

    • mox19380 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      I get your joke. and I hope within your joke is the understanding that “The Madonna” is also (originally) the name for the Virgin Mary

      • rambodiaz - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        Okay, so who’s speaking at the Joseph the Carpenter Institute this year?

    • avietar - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      It’s an all Material-Girl school.

  3. pmcenroe - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I don’t understand why so many people are trashing Inge. Have there even been any actual comments from Inge about this? Or is everyone just going from Dombrowski’s one passing remark?

    • damusfucious - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Have you seen Inge’s batting stats since 2006? That would explain why people are applauding his Unhappy Camper Disease.

      • pmcenroe - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        No one has to applaud, but why tear the guy down? He is losing his job so why would he be happy about that? I’m just speculating here but I’m guessing he went into the off-season told it was his job to lose and given his recent struggles he was probably counting on a chance to redeem himself. Also it’s not like he has publically said anything negative about the Tigers, so why rip him?

      • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        So what’s his issue? It was his job to lose, and he lost it.

      • bigharold - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        “It was his job to lose, and he lost it.”

        Until Cabrera breaks his fat ass trying to play 3rd. If I remember correctly his girth was the reason he was moved to 1B initially.

        The Tiger’s could have the fattest corner infielders in the history of MLB. Sure, The Big Hurt, Greg Luzinski and Boog Powell were likely bigger but none of them had a counter part at 3B “listed” a t5 240 lbs.

  4. damusfucious - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    How often do two-time felons get to speak at Universities?
    I would venture Denny got a few bucks for his time. I would imagine it beats working the cash register at 7-11.

  5. shawndc04 - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    This may sound dumb, but I fail to see the humor in that comment.

    • Kyle - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Brandon Inge is bad at hitting.

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      It does sound dumb, but fortunately that’s not difficult to address. Remove the small plastic plate just below your scalp and directly between your antennae by pressing down at the narrow end and pushing backwards with your index finger until it unsnaps and springs upright (to facilitate this operation, you may lower both antennae to the horizontal position, but be sure to counter-telescope them a bit so they don’t hit your cleaning girl in the eye when she tries to get past you with her vacuum cleaner). Holding a cosmetic mirror just above your head so that you can read the settings next to the little knob in the well below the plate (with a little practice you will be able to read backwards with ease), turn the knob slightly to the left (which in the mirror will look like to the right) and reset it to “irony.” Then, press the covering plate back into position until you hear a ‘snap!’ Raise telescope your antennae for the best possible reception.

      Now, read the comment again.

      • shawndc04 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Umm, thanks, I read the comment several times before posting and did not find it, nor the commenter funny. I did not try your suggestion, but since you have followed that procedure many times with little success, I feel confident in ignoring it.

      • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        Ah well. If you feel comfortable condemned to go through life a barren source of amusement to yourself and to others, I guess that’d be OK with me. Cluelessness has been considered a form of spiritual balm by any number of ancient oriental sage.

  6. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Denny McLain and Madonna University in the same sentence was worth the price of admission all by itself. Some days are fun just to go to the office.

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Kinda reminds me somehow of the scene from Butcher Boy where the delusional adolescent Francie asks his visionary virgin why his friends don’t like him, and she gazes down beatifically at him and replies, “Oh for fook sake Francie, of karse yer friends like ye.”

  7. unclemosesgreen - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    I made plenty of fun of Brandon Inge, how snarky of me. Enough already though, for me and everyone else, I’m declaring this party over. No one from the Tigers organization bothered to tell Inge he was being replaced, he found out on the internet. Jim Leyland says “he’s not a happy camper” in the context of explaining his managerial regret for not breaking the news to Inge himself. So we have a guy in Inge who didn’t complain in public, and a widely misinterpreted statement from a manager who was trying to express remorse.

    Denny McClain is a perfect speaker for a Catholic university, by the way. Of course they paid him to speak. NAMBLA has to pay people to speak to their gatherings too.

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      Of course they do. Who would fly all the way to Windhoek to give a lecture in English to a roomful of people who speak German, Rukwangali, Silozi, Setswana, Damara/Nama, Afrikaans, Herero and Oshiwambo ?

      • kiwicricket - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        I was actually born in Franschhoek Gator. A fair distance away, but close enough to amuse us both. Some superb fishing along that coastline, by the way.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        Well played, sir. Who indeed, when they could just fly to Amsterdam and address MARTIJN, who had a Catholic priest on its’ Board of Directors.

      • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        Kiwi: too bad you can’t catch coelocanth on the west coast, eh? You’d have to go to the other side. Incidentally, do they still bury you up to your neck in an urdschweinhoehl for telling feesh stories?

  8. unclemosesgreen - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Denny McClain is a hoodlum gangster-wannabe pr!ck. Bookmaking, a foot injury caused by a mobster over a gambling debt, cocaine trafficking, racketeering, embezzlement of a company pension fund, mail fraud, conspiracy.

    He and Lenny Dykstra are teaming up for a series of ethics lectures at Catholic universities across the country.

    Brandon Inge should hold a press conference and drop a stack of loaded archive boxes to the floor. “These are Denny McClain’s indictments. The last time anyone should have listened to Denny McClain’s opinion on anything but prison food was August 29, 1967.”

  9. papacrick - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    If he didn’t have that postseason surge it would be a lot easier to accept his permanent demotion to the bench.

  10. tigertails203 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Brandon Inge aside…I find it amusing that anyone connected to anything “NBC” would call anyone else (even Denny McClain) a scumbag! Look in the mirror NBC!

    Why wouldn’t Inge simply relish the chance at remaining in the bigs given his paltry batting skills as a backup utility guy?

  11. brunmeister2011 - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Old Gator…I find your comments very interesting — and hilarious! Tell me, do you ever actually LEAVE the house? Keep it up.

    BTW, who is Brandon Inge?

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