Yesterday Reds GM Jim Bowden made comparisons between the Sepetember 11th attack and a players strike to the press. He later apologized, and I'm sure that offending the people affected by the attack was the last thing on his mind and that upon reflection he regretted the remarks. By the way, this is what he said:
"If players want to strike, they ought to just pick Sept. 11, because that's what it's going to do to the game. I don't think there's going to be a work stoppage. I don't think anybody's that dumb. If they do walk out, make sure it's Sept. 11. Be symbolic. Let Donald Fehr drive the plane right into the building, if that's what they want to do.''
But I have two things to say about this. One, Cincinnati is far from New York, both geographically and mindset-wise. In NY, Bowden would have been on the first shuttle out of town. Actually, no one in the New York area who was slightly affected by the attack and is slightly evolved would say such moronic things. Two, Bowden's intelligence, or at least savvy, has to be questioned. He's representing the Reds team, the city of Cincinnati (who everyone now thinks is peopled by insensitive boobs), and MLB as a whole. He cannot make such stupid comments, especially to the press even in supporting the owner's company line. This will come back to haunt him and soon.