Andre Ethier decided to spice up batting practice on Monday by treating photographers and a few onlookers to a “bird flipping” exhibition. Obviously, the pictures have surfaced and Ethier is now forced to explain his actions. Which he did by blaming those annoying photographers, naturally.
“It was an inspirational piece,” he said. “They asked me what I thought of Dylan Hernandez.”
“If you’re going to stand there and take the same picture for 15 minutes, what’s the difference between the first and the 15th minute?” Ethier asked. “It just got kind of annoying. I guess I slipped up, and that temper you guys sometimes like to write about got ahead of me and I didn’t use my head and use the best judgment in that situation. I made a mistake of it and it’s unfortunate.”
Ethier apologized. Sort of.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “It’s a dumb incident. Obviously, it’s an age when someone can’t wait to plug their flash drive in their computer and get their 15 minutes of fame off of something and try to make a name for themselves. Obviously, this is what this person is about. You have to always watch your guard and watch who you’re dealing with out there.”
Doubt that’s going to fly with MLB, Andre. But good try anyhow.