Just when Kenny Rogers was becoming likeable again, he gets himself involved in “Gambler-Gate,” or “Dirt-Gate,” depending on what your local news source opted to name it.
Maybe this World Series won’t be as dreary as fall in Detroit. Or maybe, this World Series is just as dreary, and that’s why sports writers everywhere would rather speculate on what the discoloration on Rogers’ hand is, when they could be talking about a series tied at one.
Either way, this event actually makes me like Kenny Rogers more than I did before; and that’s not saying much because I’ve held a grudge against him ever since his perfect game against my beloved Angels over a decade ago.
But here it comes, and I know I’m going to here it from the respective old schoolers on this one: I’m in favor of pitchers cheating a little to gain the advantage. Seriously, in the past decade of the long ball, they needed any kind of edge that they could get.
I’m talking about the little things like sand paper taped to a non-pitching finger, vaseline under the cap, and pine tar on the glove. So yes, my pitching heroes consist of Kevin Gross, Brian Moehler, Brendan Donnelly, the girl from Bad News Bears, and “Papa Toe” from The Brothers K.
And now Kenny Rogers has made it work on the World Series stage. Add him to the list.