The Dugout: Chinaman

New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen came under fire and had to apologize for using a racial slur in the clubhouse. As the story goes, he called pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka’s interpreter a “chinaman.”

Warthen publicly apologized Wednesday night for having directed a slur once commonly used to denigrate people of Asian descent at Cutler.

According to an account in The Wall Street Journal, a reporter was speaking with the interpreter in the clubhouse Monday when Warthen approached. During the ensuing conversation, the pitching coach reportedly apologized to Cutler for previously using the word in a joking manner.

In today’s edition of The Dugout, we explore the reasons for that conversation in a mature, objective manner.

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pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: omg you guise coach warthen calt dice k’s manservant a chinaman  
TheJeurysOut: what o my gord  
DudleyDoWright: when you say “manservant” do you mean his translator? I don’t think Dice-K has a guy he makes follow him around and fan out his money.  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: vincent, virgil, whatever, point is warthens a cracpot racist  
DudleyDoWright: Slow down. What happened, exactly?  

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pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: hey anybody remember me; prof kyle ‘the road dogg’ farnsworth badass mlb journeyman  
AndrewDiceK: なぜここにいる?  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: say what  
AndrewDiceK: 私は「なぜここにいる?」と言った  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: aight well ‘seven up yours’ did you unnerstand that  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: oh hey excuse me you look like a american can you help for a tic  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: Hello sir, I don’t believe we’ve met, I’m Dan Warthen, Mets pitching coach. And you must be … Mr. Matsuzaka’s translator?  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: uhh  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: uhhh  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: uhhhhhhhh  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: yes?  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: Great! I didn’t catch your name …  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: /thinks of the worst name  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: jeff my name is definately jeff  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: Good to know ya, Jeff. So how long have you been working with Daisuke?  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: my hole fucken life seems like  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: And I guess that means you’re fluent in Japanese?  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: yep rosetta stoned that shit, wear teen draws on my head put tentacals up in ladies the hole 9, i am shoot japanese as balls  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: Well, that’s certainly interesting. I suppose we’ll be working together a lot this season. We expect great things from Daisuke!  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: srsly??  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: welcome to 7 yrs ago slapnuts that gyroball was bull’s shit he just yells blatherin blatherskite before throwen a shitty changeup  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: Uh, well … regardless, it’s great to have such a notable Asian and I guess now Asian-American athlete on our squad!  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: the perferd nomenclature is “chinaman”  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: I’m sorry?  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: they perfer chinaman chinaman is what you call them, people of that persuasion, call them chinaman or else, this is 100% the truth  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: That doesn’t seem politically correct, especially since he’s not from–  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: chinaman, do it  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: How do you know this for sure?  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: my job before this was pirate  

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BarmesAway: silence, matey! Yarr!!  
ZackAndMiriMakeAMorneau: Avast, ye scallywag! We’re off to th’ mystical lands of THE PLAYOFFS, but first, we’ll be stoppin’ by the ORIENT  
BarmesAway: t’visit a Chinaman in the port of Saint Louis, and plunder his embarrassment of riches!  
BarmesAway: ARRRRR  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: are yall talken about kolton wong cause i’m p. sure that dude’s hawatian  
ZackAndMiriMakeAMorneau: YES, but RACISTS we be!  

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pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: so yeah chinaman definately  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: that sounds awfully strange, but you’re the expert! Even if you aren’t a chinaman yourself!  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: gasssspppppp you just racist slurd me  
AndYouKnewWhereYouWarthen: wait, what, no, I  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: give me a job on the mets or i will reveal your slur to a small sports blog, and then 10 minutes later deadspin will cover it without giving proper credit and you will be FUKT  

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pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: an the rest as they say is herstory  
TheJeurysOut: smdh  
DudleyDoWright: So I’ve gotta know, did you guys end up killing Kolten Wong or what?  
pr0FF3ss0r_F4rnsw0rth: no that dumb eskimo kicked our ass  
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