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December 12, 2007 at 2:48 pm ET

According Kosuke Fukudome’s agent, his client chose the Cubs over the White Sox based largely on the fact that the Cubs have yet to have a player from Japan on their roster.

Why not just base your decision on which team dons the prettiest uniform?

The Sox reportedly offered a superior financial package but apparently Fukudome doesn’t want anyone to confuse him with former Sox players Shingo Takatsu and Tadihito Iguchi. He also wasn’t flexible with his desire to play right field instead of the left field job the Sox offered him.

Is it just me, or is this guy all about himself? Why couldn’t he just sell out for the most money the way American ballplayers have been doing for years? Apparently “All About the Benjamins” wasn’t a hit song in Tokyo.

I wonder if he is aware of how heated the rivalry between the Sox and Cubs has become over the last few years. Anyone that thinks the rivalry might lose some of its luster due to the absence of Michael Barrett need not worry.

A new enemy will take his place in right field when the Cubs visit U.S. Cellular Field next year, and his name is Fukudome. How convenient.

According to my colleague Adam Godson, Fukudome wants to wear “Kosuke” on the back of his jersey a la Ichiro Suzuki.

What a surprise. Evidently Fukudome is Japanese for prima donna.

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6 Responses to “Fuk-u-dummy?”
  1. Jason R says:

    bitter much? Let him take his elbow chips to the Cubbies

  2. Cameron Martin says:

    Perhaps he was worried that William Ligue Jr. would blindside him at first base.

  3. Adam Godson says:

    So…you’re angry at a guy for not just taking the most money? I thought we hated guys that did that. So confusing.

  4. John Renneke says:

    Well when you lose out on Hunter basically because the Angels come in with more money and then lose out on this guy just because you’ve already had Japanese players, it can get frustrating.

    I’m not really bitter about it though because I think he’s a risk for that much money. I just wish Kenny would take the money he keeps saving by not making these deals and do SOMETHING with it. Pretty soon all that’ll be left will be Russell frickin’ Branyan.

    Fukudome would have been safe from Ligue had he signed with the Sox. Ligue only attacks umpires and the opposition. He’s fair game now.

  5. Richie Rich says:

    So the Sox lose when they offer too little and they lose when they offer enough.

    By the way, if you wanted to get the FireKennyWiliams.com domain, you’re too late.
    MLB beat you to it.


  6. Adam Godson says:

    That’s classic, Richie. With Rowand gone, Kenny Williams is surely sitting in his office with a revolver in one hand trying to figure out what to do. Easy on Branyan or I’ll write another piece about him (which would make 4, but who’s counting?)

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