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Former New York Yankees' David Wells is seen during Yankees Old-Timers' Day ceremony before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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Nike is woke, baseball players are coddled, and everyone should carry a gun – or so says retired New York Yankees pitcher David Wells.

The slimmed-down 60-year-old southpaw joined Derek Jeter and a few other members of the 1998 World Champion New York Yankees at Saturday’s Old Timers’ Day in the Bronx, where he complained about everything from ‘woke’ culture to the club’s current struggles.

‘We’re in a different world,’ Wells told reporters while donning a Yankees jersey with a piece of tape covering the Nike logo. ‘It sucks. That’s why everyone should carry a gun.’

A beer-guzzling, soft-tossing lefty who developed into one of the most successful pitchers of the late-1990s and early 2000s, Wells has dropped weight and gotten healthier in retirement.

But even without his famed heft, Wells remains of the game’s most outspoken characters.

— Alex Raskin in New York Yankees great David Wells slams ‘woke Nike,’ coddled ballplayers and Bud Light during Old Timers’ Day festivities in the Bronx: ‘That’s why everyone should carry a gun’

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  1. Well, somebody is thinking correctly. Wonder how soon they kick him off the team. Maybe David Wells should come pitch for the Astros.

  2. Could the long-awaited backlash against ‘woke’ *finally* be starting?

    (Or, did I just pick a bad day to quit main-lining Fentanyl? 🙁 )

  3. Actually never heard of him. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t give a crap about major league sports, or minor league for that matter.🤷‍♀️

    • “I guess that’s what happens when you don’t give a crap about major league sports,…”

      I lost all interest in baseball as a sport in 1981, during the months-long strike. A bunch of millionaire team owners and millionaire players were arguing about money. Fuck them.

      Pro ‘sports’ pretty much died for me right then and there. I’ve been to 3 NFL games since the early 80s. All three times, the tickets were given to me…

      • Pretty much the same with me. I’ve tried to get into baseball more than anything else but since the whole 2020/Covid/Woke craziness took center stage, I’ve completely given up on it. I remember all that strike non-sense back then. I wanted to get passed all that but I just can’t support any of it anymore.

  4. Comon, man, you can’t mention this without talking about how his comments led to a situation where he directly told Keith Olbermann to “shut the fuck up”.

    • If that actually happened, I tip my hat to him.

      EDIT – I’ll be damned :

      “Wells responded minutes later. “Keith shut the fuck up,” the three-time All Star tweeted. “Just because you never played the game and all you did was work for ESPN and talk shit on all of us players because you have a degree in journalism makes you an expert on putting athletes down. And that’s if you even have a degree. Stick to your politics,” Wells concluded.”


        • This guy Wells is a true Superman. Here, he tells the story of playing baseball so hung over from an all-night bender he was still drunk then next day, but still pitched a perfect game. One of only 15 in baseball history.

          Man, I have been that drunk before. It sucks major hairy donkey balls. Worst part was, at the end of the next work day, felt like going back at it again… 🙁


          I am so damn glad I don’t drink any more…

        • Geoff PR,

          A friend and I were playing a video game several years ago. We liked it a lot and played it often. It was one of those games with several levels–maybe 20 levels. No matter how hard we tried, we could never get past the 11th level or something like that. One day, we had a few drinks and very nice “buzz” going and decided to play that game–we blew past that 11th level all the way to level 17 or something like that. That really surprised us and were were perplexed.

          Over the next several months, we repeated the experiment of playing stone sober versus “buzzed”. Every single time we got farther when we were buzzed. (For kicks we drank beyond buzzed and played again–then our performance tanked.) We concluded that being buzzed removed hesitation and enabled us to act more “instinctively” which is why we went farther than when we were stone sober and more pensive.

          I can only imagine that this pitcher, who described himself as still drunk at the game the next day (which probably meant being “buzzed” rather than flat-out drunk since a LOT of time had to have elapsed since he was drinking), was in that same “zone” where he pitched more “instinctively” without hesitation and pensive analysis and therefore pitched better than when he was stone-cold sober.

      • Keith’s had a rough run on Twitter, er… X, recently. Got smashed by Riley Gaines not long ago too after he told her she sucked at swimming.

        That’s what happens when you’re a dumbfuck and get into arguments you know nothing about with people who are smarter than you. Keith’s never been smart.

        On script he could pass as moderately intelligent. Unfettered internet access strips away the facade. He’s dumb as shit, ideological and an asshole to boot. X allows him to demonstrate, often, that he’s a worthless oxygen thief with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He doesn’t just “make mistakes”. He is a mistake.

    • “Stick to your politics…”

      I was going to chime in with a comment about how I’ve lost interest in pro sports also, and then I read this thread. Ok, some of these guys may still be ok.

  5. I don’t agree that everyone, without exception, should go armed. A responsible carrier pays what he must for good equipment, gets good instruction on how to use it and practices so that he can use it, and learns the law on self defense and use of force so that he confines his behavior to that which is legal. Too many gun owners fail on one or more of these topics. In an emergency, I don’t want them waving their guns around and shooting the wrong people. That’s doing the bad guy’s job for him.

    • “waving their guns around and shooting the wrong people.”

      Doesn’t happen much, except for during bear attacks…

    • I wont argue the point that there are people that should never have guns. There are those that should never be allowed to drive or even breed.

      I do believe though that more people need to own and carry firearms. Too few do. We are all better off having more carriers doing so responsibly around us.

  6. I believe that anyone who wants to carry a gun and is NOT a convicted felon should be allowed to carry.

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