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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Mo Vaughn Responds Angrily to Pudding Chin Scandal

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Mets first baseman Mo Vaughn offered $1 million to anyone who could prove it was pudding that blotted his famous chin during his ill-fated run with the Mets, and criticized members of the media in a blog on his personal Web site Friday.


The controversey over what stained the "Hit Dog's" chin was reignited this week when beloved former Mets broadcaster Fran Healey said former Mets catcher Jason "Googles" Phillips had told him it was pudding, not sweat seen on the massive first baseman's chin, and that it was done for a publicity stunt.

A former MVP in 1995, Vaughn was a fixture in the hopeless 2002-3 New York infield. At a press conference at a local restaurant, which Vaughn started off by falling down the Olive Graden steps, he challenged the audience:

"If you have ... the guts, grab an entire pork roast, have them put in your lobster order, then walk around for 4 hours,"Vaughn yelled at the small crowd gathered. "After that go find a strip joint, put a hundred or so singles into various g-strings, run over, do Jaeger shots a few times. When you're done check that chin and see if there's pudding on it."

Healey did not immediately return a message Friday left with his employer, Dairy Queen of Long Island.

Vaughn offered $1 million to be paid in singles to anyone who could prove the sweat on his chin was not authentic. But it's unclear where the chin is, as there are quite a few of them.

"If the sweat on the chin is fake, I'll donate a million dollars to that person's charity, if not they donate that amount to my tab at Scores," he wrote on his website. "Any takers?"

Vaughn also ripped several members of the national sports media for exaggerating stories based on their own insecurities and for "rolling their eyes" when he talks about his love for chubby pole dancers. His recommendation: "Put them all on an island somewhere.

"If you haven't figured it out by now, working in the media is a pretty nice gig," the rotund ex-Met wrote. "Barring outright plagiarism or committing a crime, you don't have to be accountable if you don't want to. They even let Steve Phillips work with them."

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