BOOBALICIOUS BOBBY JENKS: APPARENTLY FAT, DRUNK AND STUPID IS A WAY TO GO THROUGH LIFE AS CHICAGO WHITE SOX CLOSER
Although he said “we love this kid to death,” Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen took a backhanded shot at closer Bobby Jenks in yesterday’s Chicago Sun-Times. There seems to be a dispute over how the pitcher suffered a season-ending calf injury last September. Jenks says he was hurt covering first base. There’s also a report that Jenks was injured simply stretching in pregame warmups-the victim of his own fatness.
Jenks came to the White Sox after being cut by the Angels. This despite being a 24-year-old phenom with a 100 MPH fastball. Past stories (particularly a piece in ESPN The Magazine several years ago) portrayed Jenks as an alcoholic, quasi-racist who grew up in a cabin in backwoods Idaho and whose grades were too horrible to play high school baseball. He was labeled as immature “with little regard for his health and career.” Jenks, though, has been awesome as the White Sox closer, piling up 140 saves in their last four seasons. He was also an integral part of the team’s World Championship run in 2005. However, Jenks’ save numbers have declined in each of the past four seasons, many say due to a lack of conditioning.
Jenks has already been ridiculed for his fatness while chatting online for MLB.com this offseason. He has also been portrayed as fat in article after article after article as well as in chatrooms where he has also been called “stupid” and “barely able to read.” In any event, Guillen says Jenks needs to lose weight this offseason, if just to shut his critics up:
”The first time I told him he was overweight, I told him to his face. When you have that size, you don’t perform, all of a sudden you have weight problems. He can’t deny that his weight is a concern. Come on, he’s a big man.”
“Right now, that kid is going to carry that cross the rest of his career because of his size.”
“Bobby can have a broken arm and not be able to pitch anymore, and the first thing people will say is he’s out of shape. That’s life.”