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Of course you want to know Denny McLain’s thoughts on Stephen Strasburg

Sep 6, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

Denny McLain

Or, as McLain refers to him, “Stephen Strousburg,” but let’s just chalk that up to prison educational programs not being as strong as they should be:

Folks, you never see it coming, it takes one pitch, one bad wind-up, one bad anything, but who the hell can predict that someone is going to get hurt? If I am a fan in Washington, I want my money back if they sit this phenom down for the rest of the year, by the way, if they are afraid of him getting hurt, why pitch him at all? Maybe next year, 5 innings huh?

I’m sort of in an uncomfortable position here in that, very broadly speaking, I agree that Strasburg should pitch more, and I never ever like agreeing with a dude like Denny McLain.

But I’m also of the view that Denny McLain is perhaps the biggest idiot to ever wear a baseball uniform and I find the idea that he makes zero connection between the Tigers pitching him into the damn dirt when he was 20-25 years-old and him breaking down and being washed up at age 26 to be almost too delicious to be true.

Anyway, we have to be near the end of the list people who have an opinion on Strasburg.  At least until it comes up in the presidential debates.

  1. unlost1 - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    CarpeDiem to that guy because he exposed the irrationality of the matter

  2. shaggylocks - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    If this doesn’t come up in the Presidental debates then I don’t even want a President.

    • sdelmonte - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      The White Sox Fan in Chief and the former governor of Red Sox Nation will probably agree that it’s best for Strasburg to not pitch when their teams are playing.

    • spudatx - Sep 6, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      I can’t wait for both candidates to accuse the other’s team of having gone oh-fer on the season and that their own team has only taken maybe a loss or two.

  3. kevinleaptrot - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Something tells me that Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson are preparing a joint statement on Strasburg’s shutdown. They should be the only two left at this point.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      Undoubtedly Kevin. But don’t forget Dizzy Dean.
      Make that…Dizzy (back-to-back double header) Dean.

  4. raysfan1 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    It was bad enough when Curt Schilling said Strasburg should have been handled differently. Now I find myself in a complete state of cognitive dissonance.

  5. amaninwhite - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Romney will claim that benching Strasburg is another example of individual rights being trampled on by those in power who are hell-bent on interfering with the natural progression of a player’s career. Natural competition should dictate how his career will play out.

    Obama will claim that sitting him is in the overall best interest of the franchise as well as the fans, in that protecting Strasburg’s health will help ensure the long-term competitiveness of the club, and will lead to sustained fan interest and ultimately more revenue for the team.

    Romney will counter that there’s no guarantee that Strasburg will stay healthy in spite of shutting him down, and that it’s in the team’s best interest to succeed while the opportunity presents itself.

    Obama will counter that the potential to overwork a young pitcher, especially one coming back from injury, is very real, citing the examples of Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and Doc Gooden.

    Pat Ryan will counter that none of those pitchers were ever injured.

    Joe Biden will counter that none of those men were ever pitchers.

    • amaninwhite - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Paul Ryan. Dammit!!

      • 18thstreet - Sep 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        We forgive you.

  6. Old Gator - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    “Folks, you never see it coming, it takes one pitch, one bad wind-up, one bad anything….”

    One screwing?

  7. oldpaddy - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Wait a minute, this has nothing to do with the red sox???

  8. Gobias Industries - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    If I don’t find out Denny McLain’s thoughts on whether or not Melky Cabrera should be awarded the Batting Title, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to sleep tonight.

  9. natinals10 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Shocked Craig found someone who agrees with him and then posted it here.

    • dangle13x - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Craig gets my vote for most asinine writer on the staff. At least Denny McLain was on top, albeit for a short while, before his painful fall from grace. Craig Calcaterra is a blog writer bahahaha.

      • dangle13x - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        but he has 13000 twitter followers he must be well liked! Cough cough fag got

      • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        Yeah, if only I had the moxie and greatness to bankrupt people and steal their pensions like McClain did.

  10. darthicarus - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    I really want to make fun of Denny but his rise & epic fall kind of speaks for itself.

  11. makeham98 - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    So why take up space with this dirtball’s opinions? Oh yeah, web hits must be down.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      Yes, posting opinions from a late-60s star will really bring in the pageviews. Next up: sideboob.nbcsports.com

    • Detroit Michael - Sep 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      And yet you invested the time to read the post and comment on it even though the headline made clear that it was about Denny McLain’s opinion. Seems pretty inconsistent to me.

      If you don’t like a post’s topic, just skip it. There are plenty more in any given day.

  12. mazblast - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    McLain was and is a world class jerk and thief, but he does know something about pitching, and he’s one of the few Washington Senators pitchers post-Walter Johnson that anyone can name.

    • Detroit Michael - Sep 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      I don’t think any old-time Washington Senators fans have happy memories of Denny McLain. Older Tiger fans still recall that Tigers-Senators trade as being one of the most one-sided in team history. It’s perhaps not a coincidence that the Senators related to Dallas-Fort Worth not long after they acquired McLain.

      • mazblast - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:18 AM

        I didn’t say that any of the 12 surviving Senators fans had happy memories of Denny’s time there. I merely noted that he is one of the few Senators pitchers since “The Big Train” that anyone could name.

  13. matlp57 - Sep 6, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I agree that McClain’s post baseball activities don’t paint a very flattering picture of him, to say the least, but he
    has a point. He was the last guy to win 30 games, and the Tigers did work him into the ground, similar to the way that the Cubs did 10 years ago with Mark Prior and Kerry Wood. Prior never was the same, and Wood had to come back as a fairly mediocre middle innings reliever. So there is some history to suggest that the Nationals have valid concerns, why not have him miss a few starts for the rest of September and then use him in the playoffs, it makes as much sense as what they’re going to do.

    • mickeylolich1968 - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      McClain won 31 games in 1968. However, it was Mickey Lolich who won three games in the world series (all complete games) and hit a home run. In game seven, on two days rest, he beat Bob Gibson 4-1!

  14. paperlions - Sep 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Why did you post a picture of Ron Howard in glasses and a Tigers hat?

    • raysfan1 - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Craig loves Ron Howard because they have the same “hair style.”

  15. weaselpuppy - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    In a related story, Strasburg pounds a 12 pack, does 8 shots of Jack, then steals everything out of the clubhouse staff’s lockers so he can get in character to give an opinion about how big of a jackhole Denny McClain is.

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