Headline on MLB.com:
“Kobe offers words of encouragement to A-Rod”
I read only the headline … it’s all that’s necessary.
Bottom of the eighth … Aubrey Huff hits a sinking fly to center … Jon Jay makes an amazing diving catch, with his wrist twisting in an awkward fashion. Our boy T.M. says that “it’s a difficult play for any athlete or outfielder to make.” I agree that it would be quite difficult for an athlete such as, say, Roger Federer to make such a play. Hard to catch a ball with a tennis racket. On second thought, I guess Tim is correct for once.
Let me start by saying that Tim McCarver is a real gentleman and an interesting person. If you’ve seen Bob Costas’ joint interview of McCarver and Bob Gibson, you know what I mean. McCarver’s unabashed love and admiration for Bob Gibson are really amazing, and in my opinion nothing but sincere. And, of course, I’ve met McCarver and he’s a nice guy. That being said….
He’s really an AWFUL baseball announcer. And as long as Fox has post-season baseball, I’ll be giving specific examples…
Tonight during the Cards-Giants game, he brought up Derek Jeter’s injury as follows: “Derek Jeter’s injury is deplorable.” Now the common meaning of “deplorable” applies to terrible behavior by a person, as in “The actions of the guy who injured Derek Jeter were deplorable.” Did McCarver mean Jhonny Peralta, who hit the ball into the play in which Jeter was hurt? I don’t think so, but as usual, McCarver is full of himself when he announces a game with his lapdog J0e Buck and you don’t quite know what exactly he ever means.
Dick Stockton, who has been announcing baseball since Ty Cobb was in Little League, should know better. Last night, Yadier Molina came up in the ninth, Stockton says “He’s flied out twice, grounded out, and walked; he’s 0 for 3 officially.” Officially? What the hell does that mean? He’s 0 for 3 period. Dick (the name is certainly appropriate here), there is no such thing as an “unofficial” at-bat. A walk is simply not an at-bat. So please cut the “officially” crap … it makes you sound like a moron. PS … enjoyed your call of Carlton Fisk’s home run … it was the last time I enjoyed any of your work.
Steven Drew out at 3rd for the first out of the inning. Is he stupid? Yes.
Yesterday I spoke to a customer service rep for one of my credit cards. She told me that her name was Marla Granderson. Of course I asked her if she’s related to Curtis … she told me that he’s her nephew. We had a nice conversation about the fact that I hate the Yankees, but I was a fan of Curtis when he was a Tiger. She laughed when I did my dreadful John Sterling impression of “Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Yankees lose”. A very courteous and gracious woman.
It was the right call.
Am I the only one who has the guts to tell the truth? Sorry Dodger Fans, but Vin Scully has become an embarrassment. During the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game, Scully said that the attendance was 42,000 plus “and everybody’s here.” Could he see the seats from the pressbox? Of course he could. They were at least two thirds empty. He compounded his delusion when he said that he would “shut up” and let the folks watching on television hear the roar of the crowd at home. Between pitches, there was nothing but crickets. Total silence. Yes, everyone was on their feet, but we heard nothing. Vin, it’s time to retire gracefully. Please, just go.
I’m just a baseball fan. My car’s license plate is Fenway 9. I love the ballpark. I love Ted Williams. If you see me, please wave, but I’m not a Red Sox fan… and I’m certainly not a Celtics or Patriots fan …. so PLEASE don’t talk to me about those teams.
Los Angeles Times writers Bill Plaschke and Dylan Hernandez, and the beloved Vin Scully, who is fast fading away, have all demonstrated their lack of basic understanding of the game of baseball. All three of them justifiably chastised Mark Ellis for trying to stretch a double into a triple during Tuesday night’s game. But they all also said that the situation was made worse because the next batter, Shane Victorino, tripled and certainly if Ellis had been on second base, he would have scored. Do these three “experts” not realize that with a man on second, the pitcher’s approach to Victorino would have been completely different? For one thing, he would have been pitching from the stretch, not the windup. Victorino’s approach likewise would have been different. The outfielders would have been positioned differently. To assume that Victorino’s at-bat would have had the identical result with a man on second is nonsense. They all should know better.