We’re not talking about covert interrogations by jackbooted government thugs, but for some reason this bizarre story stirs up more than a small bit of sympathy in me for The Blue. In an effort to be on top (yet awkwardly behind) of any scandal similar to the Donaghy/NBA fiasco, MLB has taken the stalwart step of interviewing the neighbors of MLB umpires.
According to the article, MLB Ump’s Union spokesman Larnell McMorris said the questions by investigators included such tasty morsels as:
·Do you know if umpire ‘X’ is a member of the Ku Klux Klan?
·Does he grow marijuana plants?
·Does he beat his wife? (should have asked, when did he stop? Sorry, love that chestnut)
·Have you seen the police at his home?
·Does he throw wild parties?
It seems most everyone has to submit to background checks and tests these days to get a job. Heck, you wouldn’t believe what Homeland Security is putting 750 THOUSAND workers in my industry through. And yeah, the umps quite possibly should have capitulated to allow financial background checks, but even that is a reach. I’d be happy if they started here. But this whole business seems a bit offsides, to mix my metaphors.