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PetePeter Gammons tonight offered some insight into why the Braves abruptly cut ties with closer Bob Wickman.

According to Gammons, who was interviewed during the Mets v. Dodgers game on ESPN, The Wick stamped his ticket out of Atlanta when he refused to pitch in a recent game.

So there you have it. Wickman was such a horse’s ass that Bobby Cox decided he’d rather not have him around. That’s pretty impressive, when you consider just how forgiving Cox can be. Atlanta is where jerks flourish. J.D. Drew. Gary Sheffield. Raul Mondesi. John Rocker. Deion Sanders. The list goes on and on.

So tonight we learned that Bob Wickman must be a special kind of moron — something we previously suspected, but info we treasure nonetheless.

The Gammons report came on the heels of an earlier story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which said Wickman had made a habit of voicing his displeasure over being brought in to pitch in non-save situations.

Bob, Bob, Bob. What are we going to do with you?

Now that Wickman is no longer a Brave, the question is: where will he land? The Cleveland Indians seem like a good fit, but they’ve taken themselves out of the running. Who’s left? The Phillies could certainly use bullpen help, but Wickman would have to agree to serve as a spot reliever, and he doesn’t seem to anxious to play that role. The Mets bullpen has been shaky of late, and the Dodgers just signed Wick’s doppleganger, so they might as well bite the bullet and add a fat bald guy to their relief staff.

I think the smart money is on the Yankees. Strong clubhouse leaders like Jeter and Clemens could keep Wickman in line and the Yanks could use some insurance for the aging Mariano Rivera. Plus, it’s not like they don’t have the dough.

3 Responses to “Gammons: Wickman was a jerk”

  1. Sarah Green says:

    Ward, I think the Yankees are a good guess for where Wickman will end up. They could use bullpen help, and they have the money, and they have a proven track record of signing jerks. Also, of getting jerks to reform. Whether that’s because they actually listen to Jeter/Torre/Steinbrenner or whether it’s because they’re just dazzled by the pinstripes, I don’t know. I think a lot of douchebags are just so honored to play for New York that they’re willing to quit their whining.

  2. Coley Ward says:

    I think you’re on to something, Sarah. But I don’t think guys toe the line in New York because they’re “honored” to be there. I think most guys are thrilled to be in New York because they know it’s their best chance to win and get paid at the same time.

  3. Sarah Green says:

    Good point, Coley. But I still think that part of their change in personality is the excitement of playing in “The House That Ruth Built” and following in the footsteps of DiMaggio and Mantle and the rest. The Yankees have built a sort of mini-All Star team for themselves, so inclusion on that roster soothes a lot of raging egos.

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