Atlanta Braves' pitcher James Parr got a taste of the big time this week when he was featured in SI's "Pop Culture Grid" section. But his answer to one question may raise a few eyebrows.
The last question on The Grid asks this week's chosen ones to end this sentence: "I'm really sick of hearing about..."
Easy enough. Rajon Rondo of the Celtics picked Stephon Marbury . Vera Zvonareva picked Paris Hilton. Ken Griffy Jr. picked "negative things happening in sports" (profound!). And then there's Parr, who picked President Barack Obama. Since SI's had a history with Atlanta Braves pitchers saying some potentially incendiary things and if you're a professional athlete who plays for that team who's anti-Obama, well, you must be racist, SI cautiously asked him to expand on this comment.
"I'm not saying he's bad or good, but he's not the savior. With the economy, he acts like it's America's own fault we're in this."
See? He's just a proud American.
Pop Culture Grid [SI.com]