Former MLB star David Wells replied with a pitch-perfect response to progressive blowhard Keith Olbermann in an online brouhaha over the Bud Light controversy. The former New York Yankees starting pitcher also took a swing at Nike’s corporate wokeness and how Major League Baseball players are coddled.
Wells appeared at the 75th Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium on Saturday – which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1998 Bronx Bombers squad that won 125 games and captured the World Series.
Wells covered up the Nike logo with medical tape on his Yankees jersey for Old Timers’ Day because he disagrees with the sneaker company’s politics.
Wells declared, “I hate Nike! They’re woke!”
According to The Athletic, “He said that if he were playing today, he would have cut a hole into his jersey and worn it on the field like that rather than display Nike’s logo on his body.”
Wells also said today’s MLB players are soft as he defended embattled Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who is under fire tor the team’s disappointing season.
“It always seems that the (general managers), the managers and all of that are getting fired, and getting blamed for it, and it’s the players’ (fault),” Wells said. “If you’re not doing the job out on the field, and if I was a GM, I would start sending a message.”
The retired starting pitcher with 239 career wins under his belt called for MLB teams to send underperforming players to the minor leagues to “send a message.”
“I don’t care how much money you’re making,” he continued. “Send a message to them and let them go sit down there and think about it. That’s what you have to do. I think now they coddle them too much. They baby them. … It’s up to your peers to make you better.”
The pitcher nicknamed “Boomer” recalled a time when he was pitching poorly for the Yankees and the team’s catcher, Jorge Posada, got physical with him.
“He slammed me against the pillar and got in my face but I respected it,” Wells said.
Wells added, “But to me, that’s what you don’t see anymore. You don’t see the guys getting in each other’s face. And it’s not a personal thing. You’re here to win, and that’s what they try to do, and I think from seeing my perspective, looking in, they don’t have that kind of camaraderie anymore.”
When asked if he drinks Bud Light, Wells fired back, “Nope!”
Former MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann infused himself into the situation by questioning if Wells no longer drinks Bud Light.
Seeking a rebuttal, Olberman tagged Wells on the X social media platform along with a screenshot of the former star pitcher voicing his displeasure with Bud Light.
Wells struck back at Olbermann with a home run response, “Keith shut the f*** up. Just because you never played the game and all you did was work for ESPN and talk s**t on all of us players because you have a degree in journalism makes you an expert on putting athletes down. And that’s if you even have a degree. Stick to your politics.”
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