I really, really, don't know what happened here. Maybe someone hijacked Whicker's e-mail and wrote a column under his name. Maybe his editor just didn't, you know, edit. Maybe I'm hallucinating. Here's the thing, though. This is a columnist for a large market newspaper. People worry about bloggers but they should be worrying about things like this. Why are newspapers dying? Let's take a look.
"It doesn't sound as if Jaycee Dugard got to see a sports page. Box scores were not available to her from June 10, 1991 until Aug. 31 of this year. She never saw a highlight. Never got to the ballpark for Beach Towel Night. Probably hasn't high-fived in a while.She was not allowed to spike a volleyball. Or pitch a softball. Or smack a forehand down the line. Or run in a 5-footer for double bogey. Now that's deprivation."
OK, so being sexually abused and living in a backyard pales in comparison to missing sports? Really?
This one was a gem-
"Joe Torre now manages the Dodgers, after a fruitful detour through New York. Tommy Lasorda? Sure, he's around. He hasn't called?"
WHAT? Tommy Lasorda calling Jaycee Dugard? Am I missing an inside joke here? Does he have a foundation for people who have been kidnapped and abused for 18 years?
"Congratulations, Jaycee. You left the yard."
How did that one make it? Did "You really took one for the team" just sound tacky?
I am just appalled by this. I mean, wow. If you would like to send your comments to Whicker please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell them a sports blog sent you, because, as you know, sports blogs are evil.
UPDATE:Whicker has apologized for this column.