During his 16-year career with the Boston Red Sox, Jim Rice didn't talk too much.
He should keep it that way.
Maybe Rice feels he can sound off now that he finally made it to the Hall of Fame, but some of his comments at the Little League World Series Friday were ridiculous.
"You see a Manny Ramirez, you see an A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez), you see (Derek) Jeter, guys that I played against and with, these guys you're talking about cannot compare,” Rice said.
Manny and A-Rod are a stretch, but Derek Jeter? I don't even want to tell you what White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had to say about that before Friday night's game vs. Baltimore. You know, bad words and all.
Rice, a career .298 carrer hitter (382 HR) and borderline Hall of Famer in my opinion, rambled on.
“What you see right now is more individuals, it's not a team,” he said. “Now you have guys coming in, they pick the days they want to play, they make big money. The first thing they see are dollar bills.
“We didn't have the baggy uniforms. We didn't have the dreadlocks. It was a clean game, and now they're setting a bad example for the young guys.”
A clean game?
Growing up as a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, Mr. Rice, do you remember that no-hitter Dock Ellis pitched in 1970? And what about all those “little green pills” found in clubhouses during your era?
And if you're going to bring up hair styles, did you forget about Oscar Gamble and Bake McBride?
It's a good thing HOF votes can't be rescinided.
*Getting back to reality, and the White Sox, Jake Peavy threw a bullpen session under tha watchful eye of GM Kenny Williams.
His next start is scheduled for Monday, a day later than initially scheduled.
It's sounding more and more like the best-case scenario is Peavy debuting on Sept. 4, a home game vs. Boston.
*Jim Thome (sore left heel) is back in the lineup after sitting out the three-game series against Kansas City.