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[url]http://www.detnews.com/2005/tigers/0509 ... 311463.htm
Rather than acknowledge his own role in the Tigers' mournful 2005 baseball story, Pudge sat in front of his locker Saturday afternoon conducting a news conference that might as well have been sponsored by Carnival Cruises. It was a "get me out of here" plea if ever one was issued.
"I hate losing, I'm tired of losing," Pudge said, broadcasting his first news bulletin. "I'm not used to playing like this. I don't like to play like this. I've been here two years and I don't see any changes. It's hard to be on a ballclub like that, because I'm not used to that."
Compassion for Pudge seems to be selling at discounted prices in the Tigers clubhouse. One possible reason: 24 other teammates, not to mention a manager and a coaching staff -- and, possibly an owner and front office -- also want to win.
But with Pudge there is always a higher elevation. Just ask him.
"I love to win," he repeated. "I love to be in the playoffs. I would love to see my teammates the same way, but I don't know. I don't have their minds. I can talk to you from my heart. I'm not a loser."
Pudge really comes off looking like a jerk, IMO. I would have like it if they would have asked Pudge why his base running is such a joke and why so many hitters are raking on pitches when they have two strikes. Pudge sucks at calling pitches.
I would love to see the Tigers tell Pudge he can go to his boat, his services are no longer needed this season.
The real question is: Does the money in his contract make him untradeable? Will the Tigers be willing to eat some of the contract?