Posted: Monday October 10, 2005 11:13AM; Updated: Monday October 10, 2005 11:13AM
We've all said stupid things in our lives, and it's much easier to do so when you're speaking to an audience you can't see. I've been on the radio several times; the only interviews I don't come away from feeling like a total moron are with a station in Ireland. I leave those feeling gladdened by the fact that, since they don't really follow American sports over there, they don't know any better.
So I can excuse a TV guy getting off on a ridiculous tangent, talking himself into a corner and not having a way out. I rather enjoy listening to gibberish. What kills me, though, are guys who carefully consider every word they say and censor any negative thought they might have. All postseason long we've heard about what a great job Bobby Cox does year in and year out. Never does anyone mention the fact that he's been in the playoffs 14 straight times and has one World Series title to show for it. (And that was against the Indians, so it shouldn't even count.) Every year, the Braves find a new way to lose in the playoffs. This year it was in an 18-inning game. The only way they haven't lost a series is by having their team bus hijacked en route to the park for Game 5. But there's always next year.
On Friday, Hideki Matsui misplayed a fly ball, as he does once a game, and turned to find himself heading at full steam toward the wall. He then jumped, face planting against the padding as the ball bounded away for a triple. Tim McCarver's assessment: "Matsui played it perfectly." If by played it perfectly, you mean he managed to contuse his own kidney, then yes, he played it perfectly.
Then there's Rick Sutcliffe, who will do anything to find something nice to say, even if it means making something up. He praised Scott Podsednik for helping replace the power the White Sox lost when they traded Carlos Lee and let Magglio Ordonez walk. Never mind that Podsednik's homer against Boston was his first with this season.
Guys, take it from me. Sometimes saying mean things is refreshing.