Former Indians pitcher John Rocker went on Reddit today to answer questions submitted but the site's members and plug his radio gigs and a booking website. He's still a little nuts.
The 38-year-old, who pitched for Cleveland in 2001, is likely most famous for comments he made to Sports Illustrated in 1999 while pitching for the Atlanta Braves. When asked about playing for either the Yankees or Mets, he famously said:
"I would retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing... The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. I'm not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"
Below are some highlights from today:
Question: "Did you ride the 7 train for yourself after you made those comments to see for yourself if your assumptions were correct?"
"I rode the 7 train, about 40x before making those comments, so my comments weren't assumptions, they were what I saw:
Question: "What did you do with all the batteries that the Mets fans threw at you during the '99 playoffs"
"I give the batteries to your girlfriend for her vibrator"
Question: "Why are you here? No one likes you."
"You can tell more about someone by who his enemies are as opposed to who his friends are. It would say a lot about me as a person if idiots like you people who obviously have nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon than play on your computer actually liked me. I'm here because I'm retired at the age of 38. You're here because your a 35 year old waiter who lives in his mom's basement and have nothing better to do. Talk shit when you've actually done something with you're life you useless shit."
Question: "Why don't you consider the racial diversity of New York City a good thing?
"I have no problem with diversity. I do have a problem with the intentional lack of a willingness to assimilate. I have lived abroad in Puerto Rico 3 times, Mexico and Venezuela once and when I lived abroad I conformed to the culture I was in and never expected them to conform to me. I feel it shows a great amount of disrespect to your hosts if you expect them to conform to you. I feel that immigrants of past generations understood that the only way for them to truly realize everything this great nation has to offer was to assimilate. I feel that realization is lost on the majority of our modern immigrants. I lived in the most diverse space you can imagine (a professional baseball clubhouse) for 13 years of my life. I was surrounded by diversity all day every day. I loved it. Making no effort to assimilate to the heritage of a country I love and you volunteered to immigrate to simply offends me."
Question: (after insinuating a user named "Davy" is gay) "So you're not a fan of of Davy Lopes then?"
"That was a horseshit comment. You've been sitting there for 15 minutes trying to think of something clever to say and that's what you come up with. That's the worst attempt by anyone all day. You must have just the worst social skills. Enjoy living in mom's basement until your 40 beating off to Bay Watch reruns at 2 in the morning."
Question: "Follow up: when in your life did you realize your racism? Did that contribute to your growing homo- and xeno- phobias?"
"Racist? If dating 3 black women, Denis Martinez's daughter who is Nicaraguan and god knows how many women from Puerto Rico and Venezuela makes me a racist then I guess you got me. How does it feel being a sheep who is spoon fed every opinion you have by some blathering talking head on TV. Did or do you ever find it odd that the only people that ever accused me of being a racist were journalists; the majority of which had never and have never met me. Do you have any idea how many teammates, ex-teammates, ex-girlfriends, hometown friends etc. were interviewed by media non of which ever supported the accusations the media so desperately wanted confirmed. Don't worry about the truth little sheep. The dark is much more comforting for people like you."