Hillenbrand's actions are nothing new

Originally Published: July 20, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
This isn't the first time things have ended badly for Shea Hillenbrand. Three years ago, when the Boston Red Sox signed Bill Mueller to play third base, Hillenbrand was credited with one of the greatest send-me-packing lines in memory.

"They don't know what they have with me," Hillenbrand reportedly said. "If they get rid of me, they'll know what they have. You've heard of Jeff Bagwell?"

Shea Hillenbrand
Ron Scheffler-US PRESSWIRELoose cannon: Shea Hillenbrand has become adept at wearing out his welcome.
Hillenbrand denied the quote, and also pleaded not guilty of using the Ozzie Guillen-Jay Mariotti homosexual slur toward Boston general manager Theo Epstein in a subsequent radio interview. Funny how some athletes just have a penchant for getting misconstrued.

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