Former major league pitcher Ryan Dempster jokes about "pace of play" in regards to the death of the Trenton Thunder's bat dog, Derby
When the offseason is in a lull, major sports networks such as, MLB Network, need more stories to cover in order to fulfill the airtime requirement of television shows. On the MLB Network talk show, Intentional Talk, host Chris Rose asked guest co-host Ryan Dempster about Derby, the Trenton Thunder bat dog, who recently passed away at age 9 due to cancer.
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Dempster started off by discussing that it is sad to lose a family member or loved one, but then decided to look on “the brighter side.”
“On the brighter side the pace of game will pick up in Trenton as they are working on that in the minor leagues,” Dempster said with an extremely straight face.
Rose immediately put his face into his hands in disbelief and asked Dempster to reiterate what he said in regards to pace of play.
Dempster went on to discuss how a person with two legs can retrieve a bat much faster than a bat dog who has four legs.
Pace of play is a focal issue in the sport right now, however, Dempster’s comments on the matter improving due to a deceased dog that was beloved by Trenton community and their fans is utterly disturbing and uncalled for.
In his defense, he did share his condolences and praise Derby’s work as a bat dog and in all likelihood did not mean to but a negative twist on the story, but that does not make up for the fact that he used airtime on national television to talk about how a dog’s death “has a bright side” and can speed up the game.
Most Yankee fans already had a strong dislike for Dempster, which is likely an understatement, due to his part in intentionally beaning Alex Rodriguez at Fenway Park leading to one of the most explosive arguments Joe Girardi had ever been a part of with an umpire.
“On the bright side” of all this, maybe Ryan Dempster will learn that life and companionship is more important than a minute or two being shredded from the gametime of a Double-A baseball game.
Article by: Ryan Thoms