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#1 Posted on 11.1.05 1211.29
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Randy Johnson is officialy an asshole.

The last time I checked, news photographers are allowed to take pictures of people on public f'n streets. But both Randy and some Yankees security sclhub have been bestowed with special powers to suspend freedom of the press whenever the Big Unit feels like it.

Apparently he felt like it Monday, when en route to his Yankees physical, he put his hand over the lens of a WCBS photog's camera, (WCBS-TV) and threatened him as such:

"Don't get in my face!"
"I don't care who you are!"
"Don't talk back to me!"
"Get out of my face, or you'll see what I'm like!"

Video of said incident available on the above link. On behalf of photographers everywhere, I volunteer to punch him in the face.

Welcome to New York, indeed. Asshat.
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#2 Posted on 11.1.05 1248.12
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    Originally posted by The Thrill
    But both Randy and some Yankees security sclhub have been bestowed with special powers to suspend freedom of the press whenever the Big Unit feels like it
You MAY be overreacting.
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#3 Posted on 11.1.05 1513.31
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Evidently, he got into a verbal spat with the same photographer at his press conference today. This was within 20 minutes or so of claiming the incident was "water under the bridge."

Things could get fairly interesting in NYC pretty soon. Somehow, I don't see RJ becoming a media darling anytime soon.... or anytime at all, really.
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#4 Posted on 11.1.05 1534.57
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Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina, Kevin Brown...


Let's hope Pavano has a personality.
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#5 Posted on 11.1.05 1546.54
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Totally missing the boat here, guys. This guy is a New York writer/photographer/etc's dream. Maybe he hates your guts, won't talk to you, won't let you take his picture, etc....but he's giving you a story. Johnson giving the media a hard time is much more interesting than 'tall pitcher shows up for physical, later leaves'. There are reporters out there who will go up and ask a guy like the Unit a question just so he will tell him to shut up and leave him alone, because that becomes the story. The Yankees beat just got a whole lot more interesting.
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#6 Posted on 11.1.05 1611.12
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Thin skin has always worked well in New York......

The tabloids are eating this up and Steinbrenner & the yanks just got themselves the back cover instead of Beltran & the Mets.
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#7 Posted on 11.1.05 1613.26
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Randy really wasn't like that here. Isn't that the way one is supposed to behave in New York? He's just working on fitting in. ;->
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#8 Posted on 11.1.05 1747.44
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    Originally posted by TheCow
    Evidently, he got into a verbal spat with the same photographer at his press conference today. This was within 20 minutes or so of claiming the incident was "water under the bridge."


Do you have a link? Because I can't find one and I have been listening to WFAN since I left work today and haven't heard a single word about this. I also can't find anything on ESPN, CBS or WFAN's website.

Evidently, I'm thinking you're wrong.
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#9 Posted on 11.1.05 1809.40
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No, he's right. They aired it on the 3pm (pacific) SportsCenter.
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#10 Posted on 11.1.05 2059.32
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Randy just doesn't want his soul stolen and eaten by the magic devil box!

As a devout Yankees fan, I'm really none too thrilled about the Unit coming to NY. I'd really apreciate a younger, talented pitcher who doesn't have all the notches under his belt.
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#11 Posted on 11.1.05 2110.00
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    Originally posted by David Adams
    Do you have a link? Because I can't find one and I have been listening to WFAN since I left work today and haven't heard a single word about this. I also can't find anything on ESPN, CBS or WFAN's website.

    Evidently, I'm thinking you're wrong.


Buster Olney's log of the press conferences (sports.espn.go.com)

That's where I found it.

EDIT: The 2:28 p.m. entry.

(edited by TheCow on 11.1.05 2210)
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#12 Posted on 11.1.05 2155.02
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    Originally posted by TheCow
      Originally posted by David Adams
      Do you have a link? Because I can't find one and I have been listening to WFAN since I left work today and haven't heard a single word about this. I also can't find anything on ESPN, CBS or WFAN's website.

      Evidently, I'm thinking you're wrong.


    Buster Olney's log of the press conferences (sports.espn.go.com)

    That's where I found it.

    EDIT: The 2:28 p.m. entry.

    (edited by TheCow on 11.1.05 2210)






To be somewhat fair to Randy, the reporter he got into the problem with is also the son of the Red Sox radio play-by-play announcer.
Damn, someone stole the stealing the soul line.
And of course, if there was ever the doubt of why a Red Sox fan would read the www.nypost.com every day, the column comparing Randy Johnson to Ed Whitson is a further reminder. As always, it is wonderful to live in between the two places where baseball is religion 365 days a year.

(edited by redsoxnation on 11.1.05 2256)
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#13 Posted on 11.1.05 2227.59
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    Originally posted by emma
    Randy really wasn't like that here. Isn't that the way one is supposed to behave in New York? He's just working on fitting in. ;->


(Pesci voice)

What, you gotta problem witddat?

(/Pesci)

I agree with Lexus that Johnson isn't really a hot move. I'm not worried about his considerable ego; Torre can handle that.

I'm worried that his shoulder will disintegrate on the mound. But I am morbidly looking forward to the annual Mets/Yanks in May classic and watching Unit put one in Pedro's ear. You know, for... uh... crowding the plate.
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#14 Posted on 12.1.05 0824.51
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    Originally posted by Lexus
    As a devout Yankees fan, I'm really none too thrilled about the Unit coming to NY. I'd really apreciate a younger, talented pitcher who doesn't have all the notches under his belt.


You had him Lexus & his name was Javier Vasquez. :-)

The problem was you guys gave up on him instead of actually helping him get back to where he was & probably still could be again...
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#15 Posted on 12.1.05 1200.19
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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by The Thrill
      But both Randy and some Yankees security sclhub have been bestowed with special powers to suspend freedom of the press whenever the Big Unit feels like it
    You MAY be overreacting.


Perhaps...but when I see a dude who just got big, big money mess with a colleague of my profession, especially considering the public interest that's inherent in said profession, my blood boils like Grimis stranded in a blue state.

Hell, CRZ, how would you have felt back in the day if some rassler came and unplugged your computer in the middle of typing one of your recaps, because he wasn't happy with the mere fact that you were writing about him?

I reiterate: Big Unit = asshat.
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#16 Posted on 12.1.05 1828.37
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Give me 18 wins and quality post season starts Randy, and you can piss on every photographer in the free world as far as I am concerned. (sorry Thrill, I dont make my living that way, so I dont feel so personal about it.)
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#17 Posted on 12.1.05 1849.27
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    Originally posted by The Thrill
    .... because he wasn't happy with the mere fact that you were writing about him?

    I reiterate: Big Unit = asshat.

There's a bit of a difference there. Generally if you're writing about someone, you're not right in their face.
How long had the guy been there? How many shots did he have? Maybe, the Unit had just had enough shit for one day. That happens.
You side with the photographer, because he's a colleague. If you were a major league player would you automatically side with Unit?
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#18 Posted on 13.1.05 0252.20
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    Originally posted by The Thrill, and taken out of context!
    ...my blood boils like Grimis stranded in a blue state.

    .


That's the best line I've seen today, thank you!

Though honestly I am not surprised. Sports people seem to frequently bite back at the NY media. And while I am all for freedom of the press, it is NY, and the scrutiny is far different there than elsewhere. But Randy Johnson wanted to go to NY so... I mean was he expecting anything less than them crawling up into his ass, and making themselves at home there?

Shame Randy, shame. Just grin and bear it, and count your money.

(edited by Iago on 13.1.05 0053)
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#19 Posted on 13.1.05 0440.42
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#20 Posted on 13.1.05 0818.26
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    Originally posted by Merc
    How long had the guy been there? How many shots did he have?


Doesn't matter...as long as the guy isn't really harrassing you (which he wasn't, because Randy clearly was able to walk freely, and wasn't being hindered from getting where he wanted to go), there's no arbitrary numerical limit for pictures/video at which one's personal preferences trump freedom of the press.

(EDIT: Unless this abhorrent bill (b-roll.net) passes in the Virginia General Assembly. Are we all living in the novel 1984?)

    Originally posted by Merc
    Maybe, the Unit had just had enough shit for one day. That happens.


Not an excuse for what could legally be considered assault. "I've had enough" is never an excuse for bad/illegal conduct.

    Originally posted by Merc
    You side with the photographer, because he's a colleague. If you were a major league player would you automatically side with Unit?


God, I hope not. Principle should trump personal affiliation every time.

(edited by The Thrill on 13.1.05 0846)
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