Great moments in sports journalism

I don’t think that sportswriters should bait athletes but they also shouldn’t settle for cliches or lob softball questions in the direction of the coaches and athletes. Having said that, I thought this was pretty funny:

Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a go-ahead homer off Brett Myers in the ninth inning, one of two Myers allowed in the inning, and the San Diego Padres beat Philadelphia 4-3 on Saturday night to hand the slumping Phillies their fourth straight loss.

After the game, Myers got into a shouting match with a reporter and had to be restrained by teammate Pat Burrell.

When Myers was asked about the two home runs, he said they were really “just pop ups.”

A reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer questioned whether Myers really thought they were pop ups, and Myers got angry.

“You’re not even a beat reporter, you’re a fill-in, you don’t know anything about baseball,” said Myers, who then called the reporter “retarded.”

The Inquirer reporter asked if Myers could spell retarded, and Myers stood up. Burrell then restrained Myers, and Myers refused to speak any further

By the way, if the Padres make it to the playoffs it will be because of Milton Bradley. Like Reggie Jackson, he is the straw that stirs the drink.

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