John Rocker goes off his rocker during online rant

Former Atlanta Braves big mouth John Rocker was up to his same old tricks on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

Former Atlanta Braves big mouth John Rocker was up to his same old tricks on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 5:13 PM ET

John Rocker is still off his rocker.

The retired MLB closer and current radio analyst for ESPN and the Sporting News took no prisoners in a wide-ranging online chat Tuesday in which he asked readers to ask him anything on Reddit.

Rocker earned the wrath of New Yorkers following his abrasive comments to Sports Illustrated in 1999 about New York City.

"The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners,” Rocker told SI. “I'm not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"

Rocker went on to say he’d retire before playing for one of New York’s franchises.

“It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city,” he continued. “Imagine having to take the (No.) 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're (riding through) Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids.”

Given the opportunity to re-write the wrongs of his past, Rocker did the opposite, reaffirming his view of the Big Apple.

On if his opinion of New York has changed since his rant: "No, especially with j---offs like you."

On why he doesn't consider the racial diversity in New York City a good thing.

"I have no problem with diversity. I do have a problem with the intentional lack of a willingness to assimilate. I have lived abroad in Puerto Rico 3 times, Mexico and Venezuela once and when I lived abroad I conformed to the culture I was in and never expected them to conform to me. I feel it shows a great amount of disrespect to your hosts if you expect them to conform to you.

"I feel that immigrants of past generations understood that the only way for them to truly realize everything this great nation has to offer was to assimilate. I feel that realization is lost on the majority of our modern immigrants. I lived in the most diverse space you can imagine (a professional baseball clubhouse) for 13 years of my life. I was surrounded by diversity all day every day. I loved it. Making no effort to assimilate to the heritage of a country I love and you volunteered to immigrate to simply offends me."

On whether he rode New York's 7 train after he made the comments to SI.

"I rode the 7 train, about 40 (times) before making those comments, so my comments weren't assumptions, they were what I saw."

On what he did with all the batteries Mets fans threw at him during the '99 playoffs.

"I gave the batteries to your girlfriend for her vibrator."

On when he realized his racism and if it contributed to his growing homo- and xenophobias?

"Racist? If dating 3 black women, Denis Martinez's daughter, who is Nicaraguan, and god knows how many women from Puerto Rico and Venezuela makes me a racist then I guess you got me. How does it feel being a sheep who is spoon fed every opinion you have by some blathering talking head on TV?

"Did or do you ever find it odd that the only people that ever accused me of being a racist were journalists; the majority of which had never and have never met me. Do you have any idea how many teammates, ex-teammates, ex-girlfriends, hometown friends etc. were interviewed by media, none of which ever supported the accusations the media so desperately wanted confirmed? Don't worry about the truth little sheep. The dark is much more comforting for people like you."

On why he has such a potty mouth.

"Because I've grown up dealing with despicable s---heads; so many of whom we have formally met today. If you don't like it; go and f---ing do something else."

On what his thoughts were about how MLB has handled the performance-enhancing drugs issue, especially in light of the recent Biogenesis suspensions to Alex Rodriguez and 12 other players.

"Well, the guys I know who were thought to be clean that I know weren't I'm certainly not going to out in a ridiculous forum like this. As far as the handling by MLB it seems there (sic) doing the best they can. One way to fix the problem for good is to have a positive PED test nullify a player's contract which would give the team the opportunity to void all fiscal responsibility. That would grab your attention as a player."

On his opinion of the city of Toronto.

"Toronto is an incredible town, one of my fondest memories was clinching the AL Central pennant, it's one of the cleanest cities."

Rocker suited up for four teams -– the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays -– from 1998 to 2003. He went 13–22 with an ERA of 3.42 and 88 saves.

 


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