Posted on: May 8, 2008 6:00 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2008 6:08 pm

Blog Cabin: ChiSox dolls blown out of proportion

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Really? With all the problems in baseball, we’re going to waste time harassing the Chicago White Sox for a couple blow up dolls? I’m terrified to see what happens when Congress gets its hands on this one.

It’s not like this happened in the dugout, or even in the team's hotel. This happened in the clubhouse, which is essentially a men’s locker room. If you’re easily offended, a plastic woman would be the least of your worries in a place like that.

Besides, the clubhouse is the player’s domain. Any one else, including the media, is a guest on their turf. Outside of the team and staff, nobody has a right to complain about anything they see there.

It would be like someone coming in to my home and telling me to throw away my copy of Showgirls... assuming, of course, that I had bad enough taste to actually own that movie... which I don’t.

I mean, these guys already have to walk around naked in from of gangs of reporters and TV cameras. How would you feel if you came out of the shower and were immediately enveloped in a sea of lights, cameras, microphones and people shouting questions?

That’s what these guys deal with on a daily basis, I’ve seen it. Now we’re going to tell them that they can’t have a little fun before the game? Setting up a couple blow up dolls is a huge problem? Get over it.

  Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather players focused their attention on mental preparation or reading scouting reports, but there is something to be said for keeping a “light” atmosphere in the clubhouse.

So far, nobody has owned up to orchestrating the doll joke, but many of the Chicago players have been forced in to some kind of halfhearted apology. Some people are even suggesting that Ozzie Guillen needs more sensitivity training because he allowed the “offensive” behavior.

While Ozzie has plenty of flaws, getting on him for this is ridiculous.

Actually, I’m not even sure who these accusers are trying to protect. Nobody filed a complaint, did they? Everyone in that locker room should be an adult male over the age of 18.

Doesn’t anyone have a sense of humor any more?

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