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Saturday, October 14, 2006


They Fired Steve Lyons for That?

I heard this live on the air yesterday, but at the time, it didn't immediately make me think that Steve Lyons believes all Hispanic people are robbers. Or whatever people think he meant. Here's what happened:

In the second inning of Friday's game between Detroit and Oakland, Piniella talked about the success light-hitting A's infielder Marco Scutaro had in the first round of the playoffs. Piniella said that slugger Frank Thomas and Eric Chavez needed to contribute, comparing Scutaro's production to finding a "wallet on Friday" and hoping it happened again the next week.

Later, Piniella said the A's needed Thomas to get "en fuego" - hot in Spanish - because he was currently "frio" - or cold. After Brennaman praised Piniella for being bilingual, Lyons spoke up.

Lyons said that Piniella was "hablaing Espanol" - butchering the conjugation for the word "to speak" - and added, "I still can't find my wallet."

"I don't understand him, and I don't want to sit too close to him now," Lyons continued.

That's the official story, but I think this firing has a lot more to do with what happened between Steve and Lou at Outback after the game.


posted by Junior  # 6:47 PM
(He told him he hated dirty Mexicans.)
Also, he made some way better insensitive remarks two years ago about Shawn Green:

Two years ago, he was suspended without pay for making light of Shawn Green's decision, when he was with the Dodgers, not to play on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

"He's not a practicing Jew," Lyons said. "He didn't marry a Jewish girl." He added, "And from what I understand, he never had a bar mitzvah, which is unfortunate because he didn't get the money."

The money! Get it? Jewish person? Didn't get the money?
Just gonna cut and paste here.

Earlier in the playoffs, while working the Mets-Dodgers NLDS, Lyons unwittingly made fun of a nearly blind fan who was wearing special glasses to see the game.

"He's got a digital camera stuck to his face," Lyons said.

He also once pulled down his pants on the field during his playing days.

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