Posted at 1:07 PM on September 15, 2006
by Bob Collins
Hi there. The Bleacher Bum folks locked the door this morning, but -- and don't tell anyone this -- I still have my key from when I helped inaugurate this thing last year. Shhhh. Mum's the word.
However, feel free to spread this around. John Gordon, the Twins announcer, makes stuff up as he goes along, I think. OK, so you're a big Twins fan and you've been listening for years and you've already figured this out. Fine, just add this to your drawer full of little slips of paper with the John Gordon slip-ups.
I'm a big Cleveland Indians fan, as many of you know. And, yes, I actually do appreciate the sympathy cards. So, I'm listening last night and Gordon is going on about the woes of the Cleveland Indians and he says.
" And what has REALLY killed the Indians this year is.... their lackof speed on the basepaths. Grady Sizemore is the only fast player they have."
OK, he got the last part right, but he swung and missed on the former...by a lot...an embarrassing swing, actually.
Everyone who can say Joe Azcue knows that what's killed the Indians this year is their lack of a bullpen.
Don't believe me? Go here. You'll note the Indians have scored more runs this year than every other team in Major League Baseball with the exception of the Yankees and the White Sox. If their lack of speed on the basepaths were "really killing them," that's where it would show up. It doesn't show up. Why? Because it's nonsense.
If you go here (SI), you can see the team's relief pitching stats. Yep, that's a 4.88 ERA sitting there with a .276
opposition batting average. Be glad you didn't get to experience Fausto Carmona up close.
But the bottom line? Wouldn't it be great if we could depend on our baseball announcers to put a little work into these sorts of things? And if something so obviously wrong still gets on the air, what else is wrong?
I'm starting to wonder about their words of hope for Francisco Liriano's return next year.
Very nice. I think we need to get on broadcaster's case more often for obvious mistakes such as this. If I were that consistently inaccurate with my job information, I'd be canned.
It's not a little mistake. If you're assessing the failure of a team to compete, you just can't make it up. Or maybe he really does think that the Indians lack of basepath speed is the reason they didn't -- as expected -- contend for the division title.
By comparison, for the record, I consider Blyleven's dropping the "f" bomb to be far less egregious,since it was an obvious mistake and wasn't intentional.
The piece in the paper today on Jim Kaat was interesting. Now he actually DOES know what he's talking about and is a fine announcer.
Gordon is dangerously close to Hawk Harrelson territory.
if i had a nickel for every time i've heard the "dazzle" man bluster about hustle, attitude, "doing the little things," i'd have even more nickels.