Friday, October 03, 2003


I generally like Fox TV baseball analyst Tim McCarver; he's knowledgeable and he's pretty low key. But sometimes he gets a little too convinced of his own genius.

Like during Thursday night's Twins-Yankees tilt. It's the bottom of the fifth inning, and the Twins' Brad Radke is pitching to the Yanks' Jason Giambi with two on, two out, and a 1-2 count. The camera zooms in on the signs that catcher A.J. Pierzynski is flashing to Radke, and McCarver, who by this point in the game has already gone on a bit too much about how easy A.J.'s signs are to crack, confidently announces, "Looks like a change-up, down and away."

The pitch? A high fastball.

If you don't know much about baseball (not that I do, but never mind that), here's an analogy: a change-up down and away and a high fastball are about as much alike as Michael Moore and Roger Moore are. They are both named Moore and . . . well, they are both named Moore. That's it.

Fortunately for McCarver, Giambi swung through the pitch for strike three, ending the inning and sending the viewers into an amnesia-inducing commercial break.

On the bright side, we didn't hear anything more from McCarver about A.J.'s signs.


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