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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Ray Kroc Once Got On The PA And Called His San Diego Padres Stupid In Front Of Everyone

The Padres were once again clobbered in their home opener on April 9, losing 9-5. Kroc spent the game stewing as his team committed such foibles as forgetting the number of outs, and blowing a chance to score with the bases loaded. With the Astros holding onto a 9-2 lead in the ninth, Kroc was finally set off after a pinch runner who’d just entered the game was picked off at first. He stormed from the owners box to the PA booth, grabbed the microphone, and addressed Padres fans as their team’s owner for the first time.

“Fans, I suffer with you. I’ve never seen such stupid ballplaying in my life,” he said. After a streaker briefly interrupted him—Kroc screamed for the man to be thrown in jail—he continued to roast his team. “I have good news and bad news,” he said. “The good news is that the Dodgers drew 31,000 for their opener and we’ve drawn 39,000 for ours. The bad news is that this is the most stupid baseball playing I’ve ever seen.”

Fans in the building cheered, but Kroc faced swift recrimination. “I wish Mr. Kroc hadn’t done that,” Willie McCovey said. “I’ve never heard anything like that in my 19 years in baseball. None of us likes being called stupid. We’re pros and we’re doing the best we can. His words will ring in the players’ ears for a long time.” Astros union rep Denis Menke also called Kroc out, as did MLBPA executive director Marvin Miller. The bad press was enough for commissioner Bowie Kuhn to side with the players against an owner and join their calls for an apology, which Kroc delivered the next day:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2022 at 11:39 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: July 14, 2022 at 11:42 AM (#6086680)
He'd have a field day with the Kansas City Royals
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 14, 2022 at 06:03 PM (#6086749)
That's awesome. Almost as good as the TB Buccaneers coach who was asked "What did he think about the execution of his defense" and answered "I'm in favor of it".
   3. baxter Posted: July 14, 2022 at 10:37 PM (#6086776)
2. Not just any coach John McKay. I can't stand USC (except when they play Notre Dame), but he certainly led the Trojans (including the come back where Anthony Davis scored what 6 td's against ND).
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 15, 2022 at 06:47 AM (#6086787)
Re 1: You misspelled "Detroit Tigers".
   5. Dolf Lucky Posted: July 15, 2022 at 07:58 AM (#6086791)
McKay’s line was brilliant.

When Brian Kelly tried to recreate it in a post game interview last year, quite a few media members went into pearl clutching mode, suggesting that either Kelly isn’t as funny as McKay, or that nationally we’ve lost our sense of humor, or a combination of both.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 15, 2022 at 10:16 AM (#6086802)
At least Kroc's rant was a one-and-done. Steinbrenner had decades' worth of "spit the bit"s, "fat toad"s, "Mr. May", and the like.
   7. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: July 15, 2022 at 12:15 PM (#6086818)
Re 1: You misspelled "Detroit Tigers".


How many Detroit Tigers have missed their road-trip to Toronto because of a horsepucky anti-vaxx stance?
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: July 15, 2022 at 12:39 PM (#6086819)
When Brian Kelly tried to recreate it in a post game interview last year, quite a few media members went into pearl clutching mode, suggesting that either Kelly isn’t as funny as McKay, or that nationally we’ve lost our sense of humor, or a combination of both.


The latter may be true. The former is unquestionably so.
   9. Rally Posted: July 15, 2022 at 08:38 PM (#6086853)
Shame on a team owner acting like someone posting on an internet board. He was just 20 years ahead of his time.
   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 15, 2022 at 10:17 PM (#6086865)
I believe Rich Gossage, while he was on the Padres, once said Kroc was poisoning the world with his crappy hamburgers.
   11. The Honorable Ardo Posted: July 15, 2022 at 11:24 PM (#6086879)
The link includes a video clip of the Grand Hatching, which indeed was "everything it was cracked up to be."
   12. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: July 16, 2022 at 11:11 AM (#6086912)
Other memorable John McKay lines:

"Kickers are like horseshit--they're all over the place."

"We couldn't tackle anyone today, but we made up for it by not blocking."

"I felt like leaving the stadium at halftime and hitchhiking home." (After being trounced by the Steelers)

"I had an advantage--I was sleeping with his mother." (On recruiting his son to USC)

"Based on today, none of our players is going to the Hall of Fame. But then again, neither am I."

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