I spent much of the morning listening to callers call into The Score and complain about how Hawk and Ed Farmer each handled Gavin Floyd’s no-no bid last night.
“Hawk jinxed it,” one caller said. “‘Call your friends! Call your family! Gavin Floyd is 3 outs away from a no hitter!’ Are you kidding me? How can you jinx it so badly?”
“I was listening on the radio,” another caller said. “And I didn’t even know Floyd was going for a no hitter because Farmer wouldn’t even saying anything about it!”
Okay, only one of these two callers is right and it’s not the first one. I sincerly doubt that Hawk was the reason why Joe Mauer hit a double in the gap. As for Farmer, I wasn’t listening on the radio, but if he really didn’t mention the no hitter because he was afraid to jinx it, then he wasn’t doing his job. I’ve been broadcasting basketball, hockey and football games on the radio for two years now and our job is to describe in detail what is going on in the game. That’s sad if Farmer did not do that. But again, I wasn’t listening on the radio.
Hawks and Bulls jumble broadcast teams
The return of Pat Foley to the Blackhawks’ booth was the best news of the week in my mind. Foley never should have been forced out in the first place, but this is just another genius idea from John McDonough who continues to amaze me with his moves to generate interest in Hawks. I know I’m looking forward to next season.
As for the Bulls’ moves, I guess I don’t really understand them. If it ain’t broke then why fix it? Wayne Larivee is one of the best in the business and Tom Dore was holding his own with sub-par analysts. Meanwhile, Neil Funk and Bill Wennington were great on the radio so why break them up by moving Funk to television? Basically they went from having to three good play-by-play broadcasters to having only one.
On the flip side, I couldn’t be happier to see Johnny Red Kerr move to the studio.
Hawk always says it: “Well, D.J. You’re gonna win 60 and lose 60. It’s what you do with the other 42 that determines your season.”
It’s also those 42 that determine whether or not I’m going to be the worst person in the world to be around or the happiest.
Today’s post-game blog post had the potential to be similar to this one from 2005.
I was on the phone with my father in the bottom of the 10th when Joe Crede flied out to right and moved Carlos Quentin to 3rd base with one out.
“I really thought we had a chance with Crede right there,” I said. “Sorry, I gotta go watch Brian Anderson find a new way to do the absolute worst thing possible for the team. Talk to you in a bit.”
Trust me it was probably the first time I have ever been mad at a player for sacrificing the potential game-winning run to 3rd base with no outs.
Of course just moments later Anderson failed to get the bunt down on the squeeze, once again inventing a new way to screw up. I’m pretty sure I am going to write a book about the different ways this guy has been unproductive at the plate. This chapter would be called: “The Bunt I Somehow Managed to Foul Back into the Catcher’s Glove with the Winning Run on its Way Home Even Though the Pitch was Right Down the Middle.”
Of course he struck out for the 187th time this month on the next pitch.
This was the text I sent to my father: “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Brian Anderson comes up to bat…”
That’s because this is clearly one of those 42 games and the reason why those 42 games get put under the microscope is because they become the defining games of the season. When you leave 12 guys on base, blow a save and fail on a squeeze bunt in extra innings it hurts even if you end up winning the game.
Of course the Orioles got a lead-off home run to start the next inning. Please, kick me while I’m down.
Luckily for the Sox, Juan Uribe did the one thing that he could do to stay on this team by hitting a home run to tie it in the bottom of the 11th.
My Dad’s text to me after that happened? “He swings hard at every pitch. Sometimes that works.”
Touche. Juan Uribe is the walking example of the “Swing Hard in Case You Hit it” theory.
Now the game is suspended because they found Hawk trying to fish in the infield. At this point I couldn’t be happier because I don’t think I could have taken this torture for much longer.
If you are wondering when they will make it up, it has to be June 23 because it’s an off-day for both the Orioles and the White Sox and Baltimore starts a 3-game set at Wrigley on the 24th while the Sox finish up a 3-game set at Wrigley June 22.
Baltimore does not come to Comiskey Park again this season.