Sometimes the comments on this blog shock me. Then I’ll go back, re-read what I wrote and think, “Oh, they’re right. That didn’t sound as it was supposed to.”

Not this time.

My last post, titled “Some players aren’t meant for New York,” concerned Lance Berkman and his move to the Yankees. If you read the post, I think it’s pretty obvious what I’m saying: That Berkman is a Texas-born, Texas-bred player, and the move to the Big Apple just doesn’t seem right. Not that he can’t perform here or won’t perform here, but that he’ll just look … wrong in a Yankee uniform. As Cal Ripken would have. As Jim Rice would have. As an endless number of players would have.

As I noted, Berkman is a terrific guy, and I wish he’d played his entire career with the Astros. I think he probably feels that way, too. But it wasn’t meant to be. Alas.

As for the myriad comments: My guess is that some dolt Texas-based blogger took my works and either deliberately placed them out of context or just failed to understand. Then, y’all responded with the anti-Yankee anger that seems to infect the south/southwest any time there’s a feeling that northerners are thumbing their noses your way.

And I do thumb my nose at Texas. For Rick (Let’s Secede) Perry, the most heinous governor I’ve ever seen. For Tom DeLay. For W. For America’s worst environmental record (try breathing in Houston) and an if-we-say-it’s-true-it’s-true approach to education that involves stuffing text books with as many Biblical and right-wing philosophies as humanly possible.

But Berkman—I love Lance Berkman. A great guy.

PS: Perhaps my favorite all-time comment: Jeff, what a classless a__clown you are- implying that a conservative can’t play in NY. The ego of you and all other spineless libs out there is hilarious. You truly have no idea what makes America great, how a belief in God created the fabric of our Constitution. I hope Berkman wins the damn MVP award to spite your sorry a__, you P.O.S.

Nothing worse than missing your own irony.

10 thoughts on “Dumb”

  1. Couldn’t agree more. Read the comments and wondered why so many morons read Jeff. Should have stood up for you then.Sorry

  2. I love your work Jeff, and I agree with you, but in defense of your blog post you did the same thing about people of the South. Was born on a small farm in North Carolina and my folks where GOP. I went to college the University of Chicago and now work in New York. You painted us with a board brush that is not fair. You implied that we are all backwoods hicks who have provide nothing to the fabric of the USA. To you all we provide is dumbass leaders(which is true) But we’ve done more than that and the Yankee anger goes from coast to coast and South to North. You could have your point without giving unfair attacks on a whole region of the country. But I’ll still read you, because I do value your insight on a wide range of topics and I tend to agree with you on most issues.

  3. I never really heard of Blagojevich until the shit hit the fan with him. He certainly didn’t have the same platform that Perry did where people took him seriously whereas EVERYBODY, both sides, realized how much of an embarrassment and a joke Blagojevich is (especially when went on reality TV…but then people saw his hair and wondered why they didn’t see the red flags beforehand). But nobody was defending him.

  4. Marty, I don’t know that EVERYBODY knew what a joke Blagojevich. He has been a fixture on the Chicago political machine for quite a while, before he started his shenanigans as governor. And our current President, back when he was part of the same scene, did campaign for the guy. You would think the hair, the bad Elvis impersonation and the unadulterated corruption would have tipped these reasonably intelligent people off about Blagojevich, but seemingly, none of them seemed to notice. As silly as Perry can be from time to time, I don’t even think he gets in the same room of the political loony bin as Blagojevich does….

  5. why has this sports blog turned into a political forum? Pearlman was just stating some people are not cut out for New York. Just like me, being from New York, would not be cut out for Texas.

  6. You lost me when..

    ..you wrote that blog post about the waitress at Crackerbarrel in the South who had to work two jobs because her husband had cancer. You said that she gave you great service. But then she made of the fatal mistake of mentioning that she liked Sarah Palin. For that sin, you stiffed her on the tip. If there is karma, you should get yours someday, Jeff.

  7. While I do agree that you weren’t explicitly saying that berkman won’t succeed in new york, I can understand why so many people misunderstood your point. Just 2 or 3 weeks ago you confirmed your position that jason bay was a bust because he doesn’t have a new york personality, among a few other ludicrous arguments. So let’s not play completely flabbergasted here jeff, you did (and probably still do) believe that playing in ny is some kind of skill

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