Not a bad day’s work yesterday afternoon for ex-Mets 2B Kaz Matsui, who laid waste to Philadelphia’s hopes of evening their NLDS series with Colorado while coming just a single shy of hitting for the cycle.  And with this achievement in mind, let’s hop in the memory machine to visit that fateful day some three years ago in which Kaz was brutally dissed by one of the least compelling public figures of this century or the last.

From CSTB, June 30, 2004

Granted, Kaz Matsui has sucked so far. Maybe not as badly as Vince Coleman or Roger Cedeno, but sucked just the same. But as much I respect everyone’s right to shoot off their mouth, why should ESPN or anyone else give Donald Trump a forum in which to diss Matsui?

Asked on ESPN SportsCenter’s “Budweiser Hot Seat” tonight for the athlete or manager he’d like to fire, Donald Trump replied, “Well, the problem I have with that is that I know so many of them, I don’t want to embarrass anybody. But I would certainly say Kaz Matsui of the Mets has been a bust. There’s no doubt about that. The rest of it I’m not going to answer because I’m friendly with all the owners, and I get great seats.”

Can someone please explain the media’s fascination with a puffed-up slumlord possessing zero charisma? I mean, it’s great that he’s so successful at getting dates with model-types from Eastern Europe (all of whom clearly are attracted to Trump’s intellect, charm and good looks) and it’s even more appealing that he’s got a phobia about shaking hands that would render a person of modest means virtually unemployable. But other than that, who gives a fuck?