Thursday, June 08, 2006

Baseball Players Criticize Iraqi Informants for Throwing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Under the Bus

Baghdad, Iraq (ABSP) - Associated BS Press

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Late Thursday morning, Major League Baseball players universally criticized Iraqi informants for "betraying the unwritten code" and throwing terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi under the proverbial bus. For decades, Baseball players have spoken out against fellow teammates who have dared to go against the "fraternity" mentality to expose harmless things like cheating, drinking, drug use, and steroids. It started with Jim Bouton's Ball Four, and continued with Jose Canseco's revelations. Most recently, Jeff Nelson spoke out on Jason Grimsley's affidavit where he named fellow steroid users. To Nelson, cheating and breaking the law is nowhere near as bad as tattle-tailing. As one player put it, "I'll let the whole team treat my wife like Kobe Bryant treats Colorado women, but just don't tell anyone that I sometimes have a glass of wine to relax at night. That's inexcusable."

To baseball players, the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi situation was the ultimate betrayal. One anonymous player said, "You just don't go and throw someone under the bus like that. I don't care how many babies and civilians this guy has killed. It just ain't right to betray the unwritten code. Honor is clearly important for the Mob and Baseball players, but I guess not for Al-Qaeda."

Sources close to Jason Grimsley indicate that he regrets naming names, but would do it again in a heartbeat if he was once again presented with the potential for doing hard time in a jail cell with a 6'6" 280 lb guy named Teddy Bear.


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