Fools may our scorn, not envy raise, for envy is a kind of praise.
- Gay, English Playwright and Poet (1688-1732)
Political Rehab, Day 14: Well, the blog has remained politics free, although probably should consider a couple political posts on Facebook as some sort of relapse. Not only that, but where the challenge was 30 political-free posts in 30 days, I’ve only managed 5 in 14. Yikes, it is harder than I thought switching gears.
Sad news regarding one of my favorite lunatics in baseball:
LUTZ, Fla. — Former major league outfielder Carl Everett was in a Tampa jail Tuesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after putting a handgun to his wife’s head, according to police records. Everett, 39, was arrested Monday night at his home in the Tampa suburb of Lutz. He was also charged with tampering with a witness and was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail.
That is such a bummer to hear, I always loved the fact that Carl Everett was maybe the most outspoken player of recent memory. I did not dig the fact that his views on homosexuality are about 100 or 200 years behind the times, and I’m sure many gays out there are probably smiling at the news today, but if true tolerance is a wide acceptance of lifestyles and beliefs, how can I be tolerant of gays and not also hold some tolerance for those Christians and Muslims whose convictions lead them to believe homosexuality is a sin with no hate in their hearts.
So I tried to look past his views on homosexuality and just marvel at a guy who may have been the farthest “out-there” baseball player of recent memory. “C-Rex” was a man who stood by his convictions, whacky as some of them were. Witness the following:
Carl Everett is a man of conviction. As an Apostolic Christian, he believes that the Bible, interpreted literally, is the infallible authority on all matters. As the cocksure centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox he believes in taking on pitchers and questions alike with the same absolute assuredness. The man plays and talks with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Just ask.
Interleague play? “Don’t like it,” Everett responds. “They only have it because of two teams [the New York Mets and the New York Yankees]. It’s all about the money.” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter? “Not a star.” The Mets, one of his former teams? “All those [management] people are hypocrites and idiots.” The Atlanta Braves’ starting pitchers? “You can run on them all day.” Big cities? “Hate ’em. I need space.” American League baseball? “Boring.” Dinosaurs? “Didn’t exist.”
Uh, come again?
“God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the earth, and then made Adam and Eve,” Everett said last Friday, before the Red Sox lost two of three in Atlanta. “The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can’t say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Someone actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus rex.”
What about dinosaur bones?
“Made by man,” he says.
Everett has trouble, too, with the idea of man actually walking on the moon. After first rejecting the notion, he concedes, “Yeah, that could have happened. It’s possible. That is something you could prove. You can’t prove dinosaurs ever existed. I feel it’s far-fetched.”
source: Sports Illustrated
That is one of my all time favorite sports articles, the whole article is just priceless and well worth the read, as much as for some of the quotes his teammates make about Carl as for some of the other blasts he gets off.
Hope very much for healing for the whole Everett family.