One More Item On Strasburg's Start...
I know in the media world it's basically a felony to do anything but genuflect at the feet of Bob Costas
, but I'm going to commit a crime right here. Matt Zirker
, of Post Falls, Idaho, sent this e-mail last night. "Jimmy, first time sending in something to Hot Clicks, but yesterday pushed me over the top. Stephen Strasburg pitched a seven-inning gem, but, as usual, Bob Costas did his best to try and overshadow it. Why does NBC/MLB Network/The Olympics, etc., always call in Bob Costas to commentate on every big, historic game? The man is not capable of just giving us the facts of the game. He has to overdramatize every play and impress us with his Rolodex of useless stats and trivia (all prepared by the interns behind the scenes). I was almost to the point of muting the TV just so I could enjoy the game. I'm sure a man of your resources could dig up some truly awful Bob Costas commentary to start the day off right. How about a Twitter campaign to rid the world of Bob?" Well, that might be just a tad
strong. All I can do is say that I agree with most of what you said (Costas' "I'm smarter and better than you" tone does wear you down after a while and the corny sense of humor is a little hard to take) and link to this great take from Deadspin.com
on Costas' rough night.