Lessons in Speaking to the Media: Outrageous Comments from Sports Figures

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Lessons in Speaking to the Media: Outrageous Comments from Sports Figures

If you're going to take a shot at another team, especially a cross-town rival, at least make some sense of what you are trying to insult them over.

Last Wednesday, the day before the eve of the Subway Series with the New York Yankees, New York Mets closer Frank Francisco had some choice words about the upcoming series with the Bronx Bombers.

“I can’t wait to face those chickens," Francisco told the New York Post. "I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.”

Chickens? The Yankees? What?

In context, Francisco made it sound like the Yankees are a team that is constantly afraid of opponents. On the contrary, if that were true, the Yankees probably wouldn't boast one of the best records in baseball.

While yes, Francisco has struck out the side against the Yankees once in his career, eight years ago, he failed to do so Friday night in his only appearance of the series.

As a matter of fact, he was just one bad pitch away from blowing his fourth save of the season after allowing two base runners to get on.

After battling to get the last two outs and his 18th save of the season, Francisco strained his oblique muscle in the process. On Saturday he attempted to throw, but was too afraid of aggravating the injury, and decided it was best to go on the 15-day disabled list.

Strange how karma works sometimes, but it's not the first and won't be last time a player or coach says something dumb to the media.

Here's a short list of past ridiculous comments to the media.

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