sominex sleep aid coupons advantage multi for dogs rebate offer tryptizol dosage for amoxicillin first medicine online pharamacy store betanoid syrup estrace 1mg tablets vigrande nedir advantage of ampicillin moduretic medication effexor withdrawal symptoms side effects wellbutrin weight loss 2013 uroxatral vs flomax cleocin t lotion topical solution androfin free ampicillin canada premarin coupons kmart pharmacy generic list viagra prezzi viagra kauf da narucim cialis free ed pills sample no pre metrogel for acne vulgaris zolpidem without rx overnight ropinirole hcl 2mg side effects dosis de metformina para bajar de peso hydrochlorothiazide 12 5 mg en espanol ospamox 1000 mg prospect park liposafe reviews on vigrx lergigan biverkningar blodtrycksmedicin nolvadex for men testosterone india drugs vpxl decadron side effects dexamethasone for cats purchase retin a online eutirox 100 aggrenox 25 200 coupons pyridium side effects medications parcopa orally disintegrating xanax albuterol inhaler dosage chart pharmacie en ligne viagra buy cialis australia paypal novolog coupon alesse side effects drugs buy nexium 20mg doxepin hcl and weight gain generic levitra 40 mg clomid pregnancy symptoms mailinorder colchinchin nolvadex dosages drugs from mexico chlamydia symptoms men treatment cuckold creek hollywood md weather pastillas ovral 21 sildenafil espana combivent inhaler medication discontinued viagra online europe cephalexin 500 mg capsule for sinus infection irbesartan hctz skelaxin 800 mg side effects minoxidil foam or liquid better cialis 5mg filmtabletten ohne rezept naproxen side effects medication levaquin side effects lawsuit texas flagyl 500 order free samples of estrogen pills sildenafil generic viagra usa online reductil side effects dose synthroid and weight loss medication eldepryl dosage calculations lasuna jewelry warehouse diane von furstenberg shoes tinidazole dosage for giardia generic cialis paypal payment indinavir sulfate msds 5 minoxidil for women side effects minocin for acne reviews progynova 2mg definition medicament norstan inc pleasant prairie wisconsin nuvigil reviews weight loss samonas sound therapy reviews periostat drug and eczema zovirax tablets over the counter on line us pharmacy phenergan side effects promethazine diabecon prospect mortgage amoxil 500 mg dosage chart cytotec induction 2015 lotrisone cream medication uses amantadine 100mg images adhd meds online doxitab pills and potionsdoxycap kemadrin medication identification decadron 4mg online sale no where to buy periactin online revatio side effects buy viagra in edinburgh mifepristona costo en mexico lasaoren removal guide exelon careers openings no prescription drugstore subutex withdrawal time best uk online pharnacy buy tylenol 4 online arcoxia 120mg tablet dosage prilosec coupon prilosec $5 coupon zovirax cream 5 what used for conditioning cleanser para k sirve order cialis in usa cleocin antibiotic treatment codeine money pak buspar dosage for dogsbystolic cheap pain pills no prescription naproxen sodium side effects rash viagra professional 100mg pills bystolic cost without insurance cicloferon aciclovir spray fosamax osteonecrosis of the jaw avana at the rim therapy appointment scheduling software ginseng angela yasmine bleeth photos mestinon timespan 180 confidex ingredients in marshmallows viagra rezeptfrei apotheke viagra from canada by mail lamotrigine medication for anxiety tramadol hcl 50mg treatment drug interaction tupper ebay proscar side effects in men ramicomp genericon attendance clavamox 500 online pharmacy with overnight delivery lesofat vs xenical side paroxetine 20mg treatment side effects intimax 100 tablets review buy cialis online 20mg can you overdose on meloxicam celebrex coupons for discounts lamictal withdrawal symptoms side effects pletal cilostazol medication side fucidin ointment treatment antabus kaufen strattera drug rollbox players metformin weight loss polycystic ovary syndrome dalacin t solution yasmine galenorn otherworld series order cardizem iv drip protocol algondones pharmacies big sky pharmacy canada 5mg propecia trusted pharmecies best rx life keftab 500 viagra 100mg preis how to order viagra lexapro generic fasigyn tablets information now leponex tableta dejstvo marihuane viagra online pharmacy 150 mg terbutaline dosage dose generic viagra shipped to p o box mirtazapine side effects in dogs cialis 5mg price cvs viamedic com veterans day quotesviangraviapro desogestrel ethinyl estradiol reviews on apidexin propecia in calgary euthyrox dosageseutirox albenza 200mg on line pharmacy no rx trusted tabled cialis softabs ordering vargra does cialis help you last longer no prescription aciphex bonadoxina pfizer dosis femara infertility treatment prices of cialis at walgreens buy drugs without prescription de futbol con frases viagra 50mg or 100mg buspar for anxiety attacks cyklokapron without prescription hyzaar without prescriptionj cialis in adelaide trazodone withdrawal symptoms reliable site to buy cialis list of illegal drugs prozac withdrawal symptoms how long do they last irbesartan hydrochlorothiazide tablets kamagra online pharmacy skelaxin 800 mg metaxalone dosage provigil online with credit card use of reglan for migrainesreichlox zyban paypal amerimedrx discount tire buy misoprostol abortion pill levobiotic 500 mg prednisolone acetate ophthalmic solution pfizer viagra canada etodolac 400 mg for dogs rabeprazole side effects cheap cymbalta 60 mg filagra paypal where to buy viagra in hong kong lialda prescribing info mesalamine brand viagra buy zofran medication use generic viagra from usa magnesium chloride formula zyvoxid pfizer news viagra samples by mail finasteride economico italia avodart coupon 2013 evista for osteoporosis treatment viagra for women problems best price 1mg finasteride ornidazole side effects sialis tablets for kids septra antibiotic for acne treatment commander du cialis professionnel buy tamoxifen no prescription uk restonite 10 mg sleep aid nexium 18 dollars a month pramipexole dosage viagra tablet name pilexil shampoo buy the gallon pulmicort respules coupons how much skelaxin to get high viagra price per pill lipothin 200 fenofibrate generic progesterone suppositories and pregnancy viagra pill price real kamagra cholesterol levels triglycerides levitra pills price generic viagra in denver proper dosage for propecia aldara cream 5 price non prescription finasteide reccomended online pharmacy for viagra pergotime in english please maxolon in pregnancy buy amitriptyline uk no prescription progesterone levels during pregnancy 7 weeks cialis patent expiration how to make pheromones to attract women clindamycin 300 mg capsules used for orlistat where to buy maxalt 10 mg cost levofloxacin 500 mg for sinus infection buy cialis online usa best prescription pill high stanozolol steroids for asthma bystolic package insert rx39 rhine inc india where can i get ampicillin quickly nitrofurantoin mono mac 100mg cheap kenacomb otic ear drops buy aldactone no rx overnight shipping viagra twice a day fluconazole 150mg zyloprim contraindications to breastfeeding lortab withdrawal symptoms how long clomid success stories for unexplained infertility caanadian drugs cialis daily for sale canadian generic reviews bactrim side effects in men disgrasil pills vigrande 100 mgvigriavigrx software stores online sildenafil citrate 100mg from india lantus patient assistance for people with insurance vilches radio leconfield hotel bonchurch isle of wight uk claritin dosage chart is periactin available in canada deltasone prednisone furacin soluble dressing merhem olmak tadapox canada viagra online generic fast delivery lopid medication gemfibrozil fempro software piracy metpamid 10mg percocet lexapro coupons zyrtec coupons printable coupons online pharmacy india cipro metrogel cream medication flomax for womens urinary retention anxiety disorder symptoms in women proscar online prescriptions for buttne l thyroxin kaufen pinamox uses for baking viagra kaufen erfahrung online cialis overnight delivery buy viagra from usa pharmacy apri desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol side effects provera period start generic viagra from england strattera side effects children suicide walgreens take care clinic wichita ks caffeine overdose symptoms coffee paxil progress success stories estrofem online motrin 800 ibuprofen prescription orlistat 60 mg side effects flomax shipping no prescription tetracycline sale order cialis greece elavil side effects dose orderpharma topix buy tretinoin cream usp infertility drugs without prescription metazole medication list where can i buy propranolol ireland proviron impotence side effects adderall xr 10mg cockapoo puppies for sale available in virginia irbesartan side effects skin aciphex medication information pravastatin side effects dizziness 399 247 overnight pharmacy canadian olanzapine dosage range starlix 120 mg side effects crestor side effects weight gain medrol dosepak side effects what is betaprofen paypal pharmacy erectalis 20mg cialis who sells pheromones and attraction femara fertility side effects puretone and neil young dormidina information processing zyvoxid spcc article 63 viagra purchase fucidin acne reviews chlamydia symptoms in women and men generic brand of clomid at walmart is cymbalta over the counter ed supplements overnight prevacid 30 mg yasmine akram images want to buy cheap levitra himcolin review of 50 canadain pharmaceuticals rhinocort nasal spray and pregnancy buspar reviews druglib voltaren tablets valtrex side effects side effects combivent on line no presciption effexor withdrawal symptoms duration toprol xl 50 mg online fosamax lawsuit 2015 cialis mg sizes buy clomiphene online 100mg lasix or generic www viagraforsaleaustralia diane rehm show friday news roundup grathazon kaplet susut cyrux medicine wheel reminyl side effects forum amiloride diuretics over the counter pravastatin sodium 20 mg side effects cordarone package insert naproxen 500 mg side effects pregnancy healthy man viagara nuvigil vs provigil which is better for adhd no prescription goldshield synthroid thyroid medication and weight loss baclofen 10 mg tablet ciscutan ohne rezept capoten side effects dose levitra professional generic tofranil drug pramipexole and bodybuilding hong kong viagra buy canadian drug store online zyrtec vs claritin pregnancy risperdal medication for children tramadol 50 mg dose buy zofran uk garlic aioli recipe without mayo acquisto viagra san marino etodolac lawsuits diprosone cream uses best price 100mg generic viagra cytotec united states seroxat 20mg buy wellbutrin xl no prescription sublingual b12 2500 mcg orlistat 120mg capsules pharcharmy online nosipren medication administration pravastatin sodium 40 zyloprim contraindications starlix 120 mg prices cuckold definition shakespearean avodartordering medication abroad clopidogrel bisulfate zineryt prospectus avelox antibiotic avelox side effects sinusitis treatment vitamin d deficiency cytotec online sale meds delivered overnight implicane sertralina para levitra overnight buy sanovitra online tabletten zum abnehmen schnell lipvas ciplak strattera reviews for children permethrin spray insecticide for clothes fanegada definition of ethics viagra cheap prices glucophage dosage information ciprotab dosage of tylenol l thyroxine vigra for sale canada india pharmacy hydrocodone clavamox for cats upper respiratory infection flexeril 10 mg cyclobenzaprine avalide side effects irbesartan drug pharmacy around the world can i buy zenerx at walmartzentel acyclovir philippines cialis dailey drugs from canada enalapril for dogs with kidney disease comprar viagra barata oracef antibiotics miguel fuenllana diovan hct side effects medication elocon online pharmacy uk bactroban nasal ointment paypal furosemide online buy cipmox pillules cialis risnia syrup bottles prozac withdrawal symptoms heart palpitations amitiptyline without prescription in uk aftermarket 200 mg celebrex buy generic viagra fast delivery cialis free trial prescription application form format in word finasteride deutschland unisom for morning sickness buy cialis in hyderabad buy cheap generic viagra valtrex order in canada buy estradiol online no prescription insulin injection sites diagram fucidin antibiotic for acne lasix furosemide dose pharm support group in canada sunsuria development sdn bhd directors chair toradol pain medication and stomach issues hydroxyzine hcl dosage ic naproxen 500 mg side effects flomax medication for kidney stones albendazole treatment for pinworms cialis cs low price medicine canada abbott synthroid coupons hyaluronic acid thailand canada pharma flomax abilify coupons savings folcres precious metal prices how to treat differin side effects cialis venta barata canadian no prescription needed topiramate 25 mg ketorolac ophthalmic solution cost online pharmacy 47 norfloxacin 400mg dosage contact rayhhealthcare xalatan 0.005 flomax generic name is la voz de maria padre chelo doxitab tablets for toddlers mtabs reviews 50 comprare zovirax tablet mobic 7.5 prednisone treatment for dogs next day viagra uk risnia medicine dictionary do generic cialis pills work kemadrin procyclidine lamisil pills for skin fungus flexidol tablet for kids cardizem side effects medication digoxina 0 075000051 garlic shrimp recipe with rice starcef 100mg no rx pain medication tramadol hcl 50 mg tablet order online clindamycin phosphate gel 1 vicodin pictures apetamin ingredients can i buy antivert over the counter painkiller pastillas spiriva coupons order domperidone from canada is kwikmed legitimate
Home Maury Brown Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel Goes the Extra Mile After 'Rain Man' Comment

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 234 guests online

Atom RSS

Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel Goes the Extra Mile After 'Rain Man' Comment PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 160
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 22 April 2013 21:36
Tom Garfinkel

We have all made mistakes. We have all said something we wish we hadn’t. Very few of us have done so and upset millions. Such was the case with San Diego Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel. Speaking to approx. 50 season-ticket holders the day after Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke hit Padres left-fielder Carlos Quentin with a pitch, resulting in a mound charging, bench-clearing brawl that left Greinke with broken left collarbone. Garfinkel, admittedly still emotional after the brawl, let out a gaffe.

"He threw at him on purpose, OK?" Garfinkel told the season-ticket holders. "That's what happened. They can say 3-and-2 count, 2-1 game, no one does that. Zack Greinke is a different kind of guy. Anyone seen 'Rain Man'? He's a very smart guy."

It’s here that the story veers into social awareness. It’s here that I broke a cardinal rule as a member of the media and became part of the story.

Fans can see athletes, execs, and media as automatons. That we're all ego with no heart. That we live to serve the machine and that because it's our business, you check your emotions at the door. We have family, lives and feelings. Remember that as both Garfinkel and I learned a lot about it.

As an autism awareness advocate and parent of a child on the spectrum, Garfinkel’s comments struck a nerve. Being a caregiver to one with autism is hard enough. Having an exec make the comment, and having the season-ticket holders laugh was rubbing salt in the wound. “Rain Man,” of course, was an autistic savant. April is International Autism Awareness month. And the day before the brawl was Autism Awareness day at PETCO Park. It added up, and the seething turned into a boil.

As I have done on occasion when I’m going to write a scathing column, I reach out to the VP of Media Relations at MLB. “Be prepared, I'm going to rip this guy a new one,” was the message. I called Garfinkel out on Twitter, demanded an apology for all of us in the autism community, and in a sign I had completely lost all professionalism and objectivity, called him an “asshat”.

I had seen Garfinkel’s comments as just another exec that was out of touch. I immediately erred on the side of someone that was in a position of power and would use that to avoid accountability.

I was wrong.

For the rest of the day, I got message after message from Garfinkel apologizing. As we went back and forth he talked of his kids and how our story had hit him, not as an exec that made a gaffe in front of the press, but as a father.

I was still leery. Conditioned by those looking to do damage control and spin, I wanted to believe it all true, but still wasn't 100%. I told him I appreciated the personal messages, but this was about others and I was wanting to hear that a public apology was coming.

“I will,” Garfinkel wrote. “I'm struggling with the words. They will be my words not a PR persons.” He then added, “You don't know me and have no reason to think I am anything but an 'asshat.' But I feel terrible and I am truly very sorry.”

I tried to explain life with a special needs child. As I have done far too many times, I went through trying to describe something that is very hard for one that hasn’t experienced it. My wife had spent the morning trying at the optometrist’s to get my son to go along with an eye exam. He was having nothing of it. Redirection, coaxing, bribing with treats, all were in vain. As I explained to Garfinkel, “He has no idea what’s occurring. There’s no way to communicate that this is something to help him. In his mind, someone is shining a bright light in his face and without knowing what the reasons are for it, is wanting it to stop. It's drove my wife to tears. The comments about 'Rain Man" added to the situation.”

As the dialog continued, so did the words of apology.

“Your emotion sparked up the dad in me and personalized just how insensitive my comments were. I feel terrible about it.”

It went beyond me. Garfinkel called the media. He went on XX1090 with Darren Smith. He apologized publicly through the media outlets. And, he wrote those personal words he had been struggling with via Twitter:

“Hearing from parents who have children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and being a parent myself, I have learned a lot today.  I am deeply sorry for my insensitive remarks. Separately, I'd like to also personally apologize to anyone affected by Social Anxiety Disorder.”

It’s here when one has certainly done more than enough to apologize for a wrong. It was clear from our communication, the reaching out to the media, and his messages on Twitter that he was remorseful.

But, he went further.

“Call me,” he messaged, and gave me his number.

It was later in the evening by this time, and when we did connect on the phone, I told Tom that it had to have been a rough day. "It was one of the toughest. But your story really hit me," he said. I was certainly not blameless in all of this, and said how sorry for how I conducted myself, especially for the gratuitous “asshat” statement. He said I had nothing to apologize for even though I clearly did and regret it to this day.

Over the course of about 20 minutes, we spoke, not as baseball executive and media member, but as two people that had learned a lot over the day about something larger than sports; it was about family and the human condition. I was not prepared for the call in its complete honesty. I can only say this... his was as emotional and as heartfelt an apology as one could get.

"I don't know what I was thinking."

I said, "Well, us special needs folks are a bit hypersensitive, sorry about that. I don't think you were malicious."

"I don't know why I did it. It was a bad day…. I just want to apologize to you and your wife," was Garfinkel’s reply.

As I said at the beginning, we have all made mistakes. The difference for this man was he did it and it splashed across newspapers coast-to-coast. We seem to now be in a society where it's always someone else's fault. Few, especially in a position of power, feel the need to be accountable. Tom Garfinkel took that head on and I personally gained an incredible amount of respect for him.

I should never be part of the story, but I broke that rule. I needed to be a fool and play that role of championing personal accountability. I found out that, at least for this man, he never needed the prodding.

Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter



Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?