Poet, novelist, newspaperman and friend of PnP, Steve Weddle, of DoSomeDamage.com, brings us the latest Celebrity Rogue, in which he investigates the more perplexing side of the logic-miasma that is baseball broadcasting.
The Joe Morgan Triple Play is the stating of an idea three times without being interrupted by a single thought.
A good base stealer should make the whole infield jumpy. Whether you steal or not, you’re changing the rhythm of the game. If the pitcher is concerned about you, he isn’t concentrating enough on the batter.” – Joe Morgan
McCarverism, named in honor of broadcast legend Tim McCarver, is either the most obvious or most oblivious statement that can be made during a game.
Example of the familia obvious in which Tim McCarver explains why the fifth and deciding game of a best of five series has more pressure: “No, the fifth game of the first round is the worst, the most pressure, … That ranks No. 1 because of the difference of the three-out-of-five format and the season. You play 162 games to play three-out-of-five. The disparity between the two is the reason it makes such an impact.”
Example of the familia oblivious in which McCarver, well, who knows: “If he’d been around 75 years ago, George Gershwin would have written about him ‘the way you wear your hat, the way you raise your knee.’”
For more of these gems, check out The Rogue’s Baseball Index.