Joe Morgan Likes When Jose Reyes Runs Around The Bases After A Homerun

Sunday, May 18, 2008

When reader ML sent me a synopsis of a perfect Joe Morganism I cracked up. When I saw the video I almost passed out from laughter. Listen to Joe describe Jose Reyes' swing after an 8th inning 3-run homer.....



"You know what I like about that, he ran around the bases."- Joe Morgan

According to Rule 6.09(d) of the Official Major League rule book....

(d) A fair ball passes over a fence or into the stands at a distance from home base of 250 feet or more. Such hit entitles the batter to a home run when he shall have touched all bases legally. A fair fly ball that passes out of the playing field at a point less than 250 feet from home base shall entitle the batter to advance to second base only;

As ML pointed out in the email, "What the f**k was Reyes expected to do, Joe- have the Yankees carry him around the bases, injured softball girl-style? Yes, let’s make a point to note that Reyes ran around the bases in compliance with the rules of the sport in which he plays." I'm pretty sure my four year old cousin knows that you HAVE to run around the bases. Too funny.

23 Comments:

Earlier... Joe Morgan could not stop talking about how a first baseman was doing his job by catching balls in the dirt at first base... this went on and on for nearly an hour... and I couldn't help but wish someone else would just do their job as well...

LeeZy said...
May 18, 2008, 11:42:00 PM  

It sounded stupid, but I think Morgan meant he "ran" around the bases instead of trotting, jogging, etc.

Anonymous said...
May 18, 2008, 11:49:00 PM  

What anonymous said. There wasn't a whole lot of "homerun trot" to that particular journey. He was cruising.

May 19, 2008, 12:01:00 AM  

I know that's what he was trying to get at, and I would even agree with that statement if that's what actually came across. That being said, he's paid to talk with some sort of eloquence, or at least clarity, about the game and how it's played. That's pretty much the bare minimum of his job, right? This isn't Lost- we shouldn't have to analyze his analysis to figure out what he meant to convey. I know I'm cherry-picking a moment here, but this happens consistently, as Joe would put it.

=M= said...
May 19, 2008, 12:12:00 AM  

I thought that as well Anon, but seriously....jogging/trotting is still running.

May 19, 2008, 12:29:00 AM  

I was watching the Cards-Rays game on Sunday, with Jay Randolph, Sr, and Rick Horton doing the pbp and color. That was bad enough(I wish Randolph would stick to golf and horse racing, and Horton just stfu), but then Mike Shannon and Horton switched places for a couple of innings in the middle of the game(they only do it when the game is on KSDK). Jesus H. Christmas, my ears started to bleed from the old fogie vibe coming off my computer screen. And I swear on my parents' graves, that at one point, I actually wished Jon and Joe were doing the game. May God(or in my case, Stan Musial) have mercy on my miserable soul...

Bruce said...
May 19, 2008, 12:56:00 AM  

Sometimes it seems you go out of your way to create "awful announcing" from "mildly imperfect announcing" and this is a good example. We all understood him very well.

Daniel said...
May 19, 2008, 1:07:00 AM  

what daniel said. haven't been stopping by much but when I do, the first post I've seen is just like this one. AA is really reaching.

Rowdy Doyle said...
May 19, 2008, 1:14:00 AM  

i actually think the better part of it was that after he said his first, borderline stupid comment, he felt the need to clarify by saying, "He hit it... and he proceeded to go around the bases."

good, joe!

Anonymous said...
May 19, 2008, 2:01:00 AM  

Are you being intentionally dense, AA? Obviously he meant he liked the fact that Reyes didn't stand and watch, pose, etc.

Morgan is enough of an idiot that you don't have to go out of your way to misinterpret his words to make him look dumb.

Anonymous said...
May 19, 2008, 3:32:00 AM  

I would just like to point out that it took exactly 3 minutes into Sunday night's broadcast for Joey to flub a line. He was talking about Wang and comparing his sinker to - from what I could gather - Brandon Webb's. But this is about how it came out...

"It's as good as Brandon's, uh, from Arizona...uh, Webb, with the uh, Diamondbacks."

It was almost like he was correcting himself, as if the Diamondbacks were not from Arizona.

Anonymous said...
May 19, 2008, 8:13:00 AM  

Did Joe have a stroke in the off season? He sounds way different, but the content of his speech is still the same.

hollywood wags said...
May 19, 2008, 8:53:00 AM  

Joe Morgan was praising him for not posing, but his home run was no sure thing and you could tell he was thinking triple. I'm sure that if he had hit a towering blast he'd have done the necessary amount of preening and posing.

Ryan said...
May 19, 2008, 9:20:00 AM  

Joe Morgan does have a tendency to stay stupid things, but this time he was saying something smart. He was trying to make a point that Jose Reyes ran the bases...and that he didn't stand there and watch the ball go out of the park like idiots such as Alfonso Soriano and Manny Ramirez do all of the time.

Monty40 said...
May 19, 2008, 10:13:00 AM  

I know what he meant. I know its easy to kill Joe Morgan but Reyes definitely wasnt just jogging.

madnice said...
May 19, 2008, 10:32:00 AM  

If you want to make a point about an idiotic statement that Joe made. How about when they were talking about the foul pole and Jon said something about the curvature of the earth and Joe said "What you're an environmentalist now?"

That's a much better joeism.

Jeff said...
May 19, 2008, 11:10:00 AM  

I've always thought that it was disrespectful to run particularly slow around the bases. Guys get plunked for that all the time for running too slow. I think this was def a big reach AA. He was making a good point.

Jeff V said...
May 19, 2008, 12:19:00 PM  

Mike and Dog just ripping into both of them today after last night's broadcast.

Anonymous said...
May 19, 2008, 2:01:00 PM  

first of all, yes, he clearly meant that he liked that he ran rather quickly around the bases: that's a stupid point. he was analyzing the homerun swing, and he chose to highlight a BS, irrelevant, "hustle," "scrappy," detail of the way he traveled the bases. so...he's a moron. he was not making a "good point."

what makes it funny is that he's so uneloquent that even those points that would be pretentious, impertinent dribble coming from anyone else, are additionally ambiguous, silly, painfully obvious since the lead analyst on the WWL is such a horrendous public speaker.

BUT...I've come to expect it from him. I have to say I'm FAR more disheartened to see the number of viewers who actually thought this was a salient observation than I was to see a known baffoon continuing to act like a baffoon.

Anonymous said...
May 19, 2008, 2:05:00 PM  

The stupidest thing I heard last night was right after they showed the clip of Billy Wagner ripping his teammates for not being there. Joe Morgan said something like, "There's a little humor in there. I think he was trying to be a little funny." My god, what clip was he watching?!?!?

Anonymous said...
May 19, 2008, 4:58:00 PM  

What about Joe's suggestion that you can only see the top half of the ball if the pitch is a low sinker, but you can see the whole ball if it hangs? Thus a a low sinker is harder to hit because you see less of the ball... WOW, just WOW!

Anonymous said...
May 19, 2008, 5:14:00 PM  

Joe should concetrate[sic] on being consistent.

Anonymous said...
May 19, 2008, 5:45:00 PM  

Yall are being real tough on Mr. Morgan. He did not just say that he liked the way Reyes ran around the bases. Joe added that he loved how Reyes hit the ball and "Proceeded" to run around the bases.

"Proceeded" adds a lot to his comment. :-)

"Proceeded" makes his comment unstupid.

ethanator1088 said...
May 19, 2008, 6:56:00 PM  

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