National blog misrepresents Gardenhire’s anti-ump rant

Update: It looks like Brooks has taken the item down. Justice served. But I wish I’d gotten a screen shot, and the audio was great!

SPORTSbyBROOKS, the national sports-n-babes website, offers mad-as-hell Twins fans a very entertaining audio replay of manager Ron Gardenhire’s expletive-laden rant against umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

Wendelstedt missed a key third strike on the Yankees’ Lance Berkman, who then laced a go-ahead double that propelled New York to a win. Gardy complained and got tossed.

Big problem: Brooks tells readers the rant is from last night. It isn’t. It’s from 2005.

(It also wasn’t after a Joe Mauer at-bat.)

Lest fans and journalists nationally get the wrong idea, Star Tribune columnist Pat Reusse chronicles the Gardenhire-Wendlestedt history this morning. The column includes the saltier (though sanitized) 2005 quotes from the audio clip Brooks purports to be “after” the Twins’ 5-2 loss to the Yankees.

I don’t know what Brooks is up to, but here’s Reusse quoting Gardenhire from last night:

In his postgame interview, the Twins manager was asked about his “history” with Wendelstedt. “It has nothing to do with it,” Gardenhire said. “Hunter and I talked and we kind of straightened all our stuff away. … I went out to make sure my guys were straight on what we were going to do next, and make my side of the story known.”

Gardenhire also said he wanted to get Wendelstedt away from his players because they were “full of emotion.” And he repeated: “Hunter and I, we get along just fine, all right.”

Perhaps, although a request to ask a couple more questions in the manager’s office was returned with this message from Gardenhire:

“All that could do would be to get me in trouble.”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by William Souder on 10/08/2010 - 01:59 pm.

    Here’s a thought for Gardy: Get your players to channel some of that emotion into beating the other team…rather than bemoaning the umpiring. As just about everyone has noted, when a bad call gave the Twins an extra at-bat in game one, they wasted the opportunity. The Yankees didn’t.

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