But Larry LaRue (pictured at left) isn’t exactly a household name. He’s a pro’s pro, and one more content to do his job to the utmost degree, rather than whore himself out to radio stations and women with large breasts. Like the Q13 10:00 p.m. news, you forget he’s there, until suddenly — BOOM! — he strikes.
The Brian Dunkleman of local sports coverage, LaRue is getting his 15 minutes of fame today for this blog post on the straining relationship between Ken Griffey Jr. and the Seattle Mariners.
LaRue insists that Junior’s time may be up within the next couple weeks — perhaps before the end of the month, even — as a result of a number of things: lack of performance, age, and sleeping on the job. Unless you’re a professional bed tester or a male escort, sleeping on the job is never a good thing.
Whether or not this is the end of The Kid is irrelevant at this point. As much as I’d hate to see my idol depart in tragic fashion, I understand where the criticism is coming from. If you can’t do your job, you become at risk of losing your job, and that’s the problem facing Griffey right now. Though in fairness, almost every hitter on the Mariners not named “Gutierrez” should be on notice these days.
As far as LaRue goes, the only information on this enigma of a man can be found at the News-Tribune’s website. A member of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America (BBWAA) since 1980, LaRue has been with the Tacoma newspaper for 22 years, dating back to 1988. So private and unsung is this man, that a search of “Larry LaRue” on his employer’s site results in the question, “Did you mean Larry large?” No, I did not. I’m not looking for gay porn.
Anyways, check out the article if you haven’t heard the news already. And in the meantime, go ahead and pay proper homage to a man who you knew nothing about just 24 hours ago. He deserves it.