I read a piece on NewsBusters where pompous baseball analyst and famous know-it-all, Tim McCarver, theorized during the live broadcast of a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers that global warming (climate change) was responsible for the decades long surge in home runs.
See story here.
Truthfully, I can’t stand Tim McCarver! The guy truly has delusions that he’s some sort of social icon, or something. His pretentiousness and self-aggrandizing style makes Barack Obama seem humble by comparison. Please Tim; you’re a baseball commentator not a poet laureate, philosopher, or historian – so get over yourself!
While I’m on the subject of pompous sports commentators, there is somebody out there that makes Tim McCarver seem tepid by comparison. I’m talking about none other than Bob Costas. Talk about a Napoleonic complex! This little twerp is arrogant, condescending, and snide. And those are his good points. And oh yeah, he’s an obvious left-winger, just like his colleague, Tim McCarver.
The media is the media, it seems; it matters little whether it’s news or sports, or even weather.
Many sports announcers and commentators, much like other media personalities, have slowly become bigger than the news stories and sporting events they cover. That’s why I often find myself watching a ball-game on mute.
Putting aside the steroid era when shlubs like Brady Anderson were hitting 50+ home runs, today’s players are much bigger and stronger than players of the distant past. Shortstops are now bigger than most first-basemen of a few decades ago. There’s also the advanced science of hitting and breaking down the swing into almost an art form. These techniques greatly increase balance and bat speed, thus greater power. If you look at some of the old baseball footage from the sixties seventies and even the eighties, many of the players look like they’re chopping wood rather than swinging a baseball bat. Some of it is just plain ugly.
So stick to baseball, Tim. Most of us don’t care about your political opinions or your profound observations. In the scope of things, you’re really not that impressive.