I don’t watch much reality TV, let alone any of the CBS blockbuster Survivor, but I’d been keeping my ear to the TV in the other room this season as my girlfriend watched, because as a rule, anything that involves Jeff Kent is usually outstanding. That’s not to say that I like the former San Francisco Giants second baseman. But he has built one of the greatest a-hole reputations, whether he deserved it or not.
Kent has been pretty irrelevant since retiring, and I simply assumed that he’d never be allowed anywhere near a broadcast booth, so I was a little surprised that CBS was willing to give him a spot on Survivor. However, it tickles my funny bone ever so that most or all of his opponents/castmates had no clue who he was, because if they had known, he would have been booted the first week.
Instead, Kent made it to the midseason point, and after he was voted off last night, he laid down one of the greatest sound bites of the year.
“You know what pisses me off? I think I’ve made about $60 million playing baseball, and I want this fricken’ million dollars in this game. And it’s not even a million bucks! It’s 600 grand by the time Obama takes it. I’m a game 7 World Series loser. I’ve played in the biggest games in the world and the worst games in the world, but this just sucks.”
And here’s the video so you can all break out your tiniest violins and play him the saddest songs you know.
Also, here is the much longer, probably more rational footage from the “Day After” segment. It’s 9 minutes, and I haven’t watched all of it yet, but I’m willing to bet there are some fantastic gems in there, too.