You Want To Know WHAT?

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.

11 comments… add one
  • I wrote about this Thursday morning, because I found it unbelievable that the commisioner’s office could stoop to something like this! Wow! I hope you guys are well…Peter N.

    Peter N. January 31, 2008, 8:56 am
  • ha. Try being a chemist for a the public water municipality. The hoops are many and high. ha.

    Brad January 31, 2008, 9:24 am
  • Bud Selig has officially lost his mind.

    LocklandSF January 31, 2008, 9:40 am
  • Maybe they should interview Selig’s neighbors. Why is he called “Bud,” anyway? Does he seem to eat a lot of brownies?

    pastorsteve January 31, 2008, 9:49 am
  • Ya gotta love Selig – proactively addressing theoretical scandals while throwing gasoline on real ones.

    Mark (YF) January 31, 2008, 9:59 am
  • So, Selig is on record in the 1990s as saying steroids were not a problem in baseball.
    I’m glad he’s learned from his mistakes and jumped on the growing number of white-supremacist umpires in the ranks before it becomes a true problem.

    Paul SF January 31, 2008, 10:31 am
  • You drive a bus, gerb?

    yankees76 January 31, 2008, 3:23 pm
  • > You drive a bus, gerb?
    I’d love to get a job as a bus driver – that would be a big boost for me… :)
    No, I work for a marine-affiliated business.

    attackgerbil January 31, 2008, 3:59 pm
  • I had less of a background check than that to design wiretapping gear for various law enforcements agencies here and abroad. And I am not kidding…

    rootbeerfloat January 31, 2008, 5:00 pm
  • rootbeerfloat’s true identity: Harry Caul!

    Nick-YF January 31, 2008, 5:09 pm
  • I think Harry Caul was a YF, not a SF…

    rootbeerfloat January 31, 2008, 5:35 pm

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