Peter Gammons compares Alex Rodriguez to Boston Marathon bombers (Audio)

Peter-GammonsPeter Gammons is one of the most respected media personalities in baseball, but he made a comment on Thursday that he likely already regrets. When discussing the Alex Rodriguez saga with ESPN Radio’s Mike Lupica, Gammons referenced the Boston Marathon bombings.

“I’ve had people with the Yankees say this to me, he is just — he wants to blow up the world. You know, he’s like the marathon bombers,” he said, according to CBS Boston. “It’s just, he’s going to get them.”

Gammons made the remark in response to a question about what Rodriguez is looking to accomplish by storming out of his arbitration hearing and launching an attack on Bud Selig’s credibility. It is unclear if the 68-year-old was saying people with the Yankees have compared A-Rod to the Marathon bombers or if he was making the comparison himself. Either way, it was in poor taste. Here’s the audio, courtesy of Awful Announcing:

The point Gammons was trying to make is that A-Rod is determined to take down Selig and Major League Baseball. The problem is we’re talking about sports. The alleged Marathon bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers, killed three spectators during the Boston Marathon, inured 250 others and later murdered a police officer.

If Gammons came up with the comparison on his own, he made a huge mistake. If it was someone else’s thought that he was simply passing along, that is still a very regrettable lapse in judgment. Expect some sort of apology before the end of the day.

UPDATE: As expected, Gammons has issued several apologies on Twitter. One of them looked like this:

Peter Gammons Is Now Analyzing Thongs

On Monday evening, venerable MLB analyst and the face of the $20 bill, Peter Gammons, sent the following tweet from his Twitter account about a thong:

The tweet was sent by text message, so it’s quite possible that Gammons was just responded to a picture message sent to him by his hot stripper girlfriend. Either that, or he could have just been talking about Aubrey Huff or Jason Giambi.

I like to think this is just Peter talking dirty.

More Reasons to Play ESPN Fantasy Baseball

I’ve always been a big fan of Yahoo fantasy sports for a myriad of reasons — it’s user friendly, well-organized, and its game stats and fantasy stats are updated the quickest. That being said, ESPN is now coming on strong in the hunt to attract fantasy players. Witness:

The whole rock concert concept rules — Peter Gammons shredding on the guitar likes he’s Slash or something, John Kruk sporting some serious tats…and the greatest line…

“Look at me now, I just drafted Caaarlos Leeee”

Why Carlos Lee? Perhaps that’s what makes it so funny. Maybe it was intentional. Or maybe they couldn’t come up with anything else to rhyme with fantasy baseball for free.

Still, excellent commercial, had me rollin, and it’s already become a hit amongst the MLB Fanhouse crew…and truthfully, it might actually make me want to play ESPN fantasy baseball. Pat Lackey posted the video over at fanhouse, you should check it out, he’s done the commercial much more justice than I have.