(young bimbo / an embarrassment to the trade. and on the left, Erin Andrews. Image taken from Home Run Derby)

ESPN’s Erin Andrews “is good-looking enough and has enough of a high-profile job that she would get plenty of interviews and attention even if she showed up in a burlap sack,” gushes the Peoria Journal-Star’s Mike Nadel,  while asking “did she really feel playing the sexpot was necessary to practice journalism?”  Hey, it works for Len Pasquarelli, but Nadel took exception to Andrews’ demeanor and choice of attire whilst working the visiting clubhouse before Wednesday’s Cubs/Brewers tilt (link swiped from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory).

Andrews sauntered around the visiting clubhouse, flitting from one Cubs player to another. Her skimpy outfit ” designed to accentuate her, um, positives ” had players leering at her. Some made lewd comments under their breath. Others giggled like 12-year-olds.

œGood for you, Rammie, Andrews said three hours before the game, bending forward to shake Aramis Ramirez™s hand.
œGood for you.

Ramirez, who had three doubles in the Cubs™ 7-1 victory the previous night, sheepishly accepted Andrews™ congratulations. She didn™t ask him any questions because he was sitting on the players-only sofa; she seemingly just wanted to show œRammie her support. Weird.

Moments later, the blonde reporter was chatting with Alfonso Soriano. At one point, she placed her hand suggestively on Soriano™s left biceps.

Was I reading too much into all this? I don™t think so. I™ve been a paid observer for a long time … and I wasn™t exactly the only one who noticed.

As two Cubs stood near their lockers, one asked the other: œHot? Or just attractive? Does she do anything for you?

This went on for at least an hour. Finally, Piniella emerged from his office, ready for his dugout media session. As he turned the corner, there was Andrews in all of her bare-legged, high-heeled, low-necklined glory.

œHey, hey, hey! Look at this! Piniella said, loudly and excitedly. œAre you doing a baseball game today or a modeling assignment?

Indeed, it is a sad day for sports journalism when someone has to use their good looks to get ahead in the business. But enough about Ron Darling, could it be that Nadel isn’t just a little jealous?