Sunday, April 20, 2008
(posted by One More Dying Quail)
I love that picture of Jon Miller. Rarely do we see a national sports broadcaster look so thoughtful, so pensive, so certain that of all the games he has called in his long and storied career, TONIGHT'S will be something special.
Or something like that.
This here is your open thread for all comments related to tonight's Sunday Night Baseball contest pitting the Metropolitans of New York against the Phillies of Philadelphia. Any thoughts on the NBA Playoffs, be they about the ongoing Sixers-Pistons tilt or the upcoming Hawks-Celtics matchup, are also more than welcome. Basically, say whatever the hell you want in the comments. Talk it out. Have some fun. Just keep it cleanish.
We had a good start to this thing last week. Let's keep it rolling. Joe and Jon need us.
Lots of confusion last inning because, somehow, Frank Thomas only played in five All-Star Games. Not noted was the fact that first base was pretty stacked in the American League during Thomas' prime. When you're up against Cecil Fielder, Mark McGwire, Tino Martinez, Mo Vaughn, Jim Thome, Rafael Palmeiro, etc. during your prime, there are going to be seasons in which you don't make the cut.
"I've always said that going headfirst is the most dangerous slide you can make." - Joe
My memory isn't what it used to be. Wasn't he extolling the virtues of the headfirst slide last week?
Didn't Joe Morgan say last week that is was safer to slide head first? Now this week its the most dangerous slide in baseball. He's not even trying to make sense anymore. - Kyle
Okay, so I'm not nuts. Phew.
According to Joe, Hanley Ramirez is really good. According to Jon, he's fabulous.
Tonight's lovefest will center around Chase Utley, with a side order of David Wright.
"I knew Ted Williams. And you, sir, are no Ted Williams." - Joe
Just kidding. He didn't really say that. But he DID just spend two minutes talking about the loop in Ryan Howard's swing and how it means he has a lesser margin for error than other players - such as Chase Utley or Ted Williams. Now, given Howard's high strikeout totals and inconsistent batting average, he might have a point. On the other hand, Howard and his flawed swing has hit 105 homeruns in the past two seasons.
I should have counted the number of times Joe and Jon uttered the words "Chase Utley" and "David Wright" tonight. This is getting silly.
So is Ted Williams the first player that Joe has praised that he didn't play with or against? - Scott
Fun little fact: according to Baseball Reference, there is one degree of separation between Joe Morgan and Ted Williams. Gary Geiger played with Ted on the 1960 Red Sox and with Joe on the 1970 Astros.
"The Braves won today. They beat Atlanta." - Jon
Really Jon? The ball needs to be there before the baserunner for it to be an out? Thanks for that gem. - k nick
The ball has to be there before the runner for there to be an out? NO WAY JON!?! thank you for that wonderful analysis. - pickitup
I love that those two comments arrived at exactly the same time.
Nice play by Ryan Howard to field a sharp ground ball and get the out. And you know who was there to back up the play? Chase Utley. He's amazing.
"Jon, he may end up being the greatest hitting second baseman ever." - Joe, talking about Luis Castillo. I kid, I kid.
He's good, yes, but he has a LONG way to go before he can be considered better than Rogers Hornsby. A LONG way.
I also love the fact that everytime Joe is making a point on-camera, Jon looks awkwardly at the camera as if to say "Yeah, guys...I know. I hear it, too." - Adam
Wow! I have choice for Celts vs Hawks...Gorman/Heinsohn or Stockton/Fratello. Hmmmnnnn. Go to the "sideline reporter tiebreaker". Sorry, TNT. No Cheryl on Comcast. - Monty
Are you kidding me? This is no contest - Tommy Heinsohn was created for playoff basketball. The farther the Celtics advance, the greater the chance of his head exploding. He's fabulous.
Did Mythbusters show that sliding headfirst makes no difference then sliding feet first? Someone help me out. - anonymous
If you attempt to slide feet first, you will probably be out. If you attempt to slide head first, you will probably die. The best way to go into a base is slowly, with your hands up, and hope the fielder takes pity on you.