Thursday, October 13, 2011

I got a lot of problems with you people!

(That title should've been said in Frank Costanza voice).

While watching game four of the NLCS tonight, I came across two problems with baseball commentators. Yes, Ron Darling always sounds like he has peanut butter in his mouth, but we'll get to that in a minute.

1. "He doesn't try to do too much"

That's a nice way of saying he CAN'T do too much. You think he's trying to ground a weak single to right field? If he could do more, he would.


And when did it become admirable to NOT DO TOO MUCH?

2. "A good situational hitter"

The term "situational hitter" is absolute nonsense. You're either a good hitter, an OK hitter or a bad hitter. The situation is whatever situation you are currently in. In the St. Louis seventh, Matt Holliday doubled leading off. Yadier Molina followed with a fly out to center and Holliday went to third. Peanutbutter Face said "that's good situational hitting." No, it certainly was not. No good hitter looks at a man at second with no one out and says "if I can just be a good situational hitter and fly out to center, he can get to third." Molina's situation was drive in the run, and he didn't do it.

This making outs to move runners up and the congratulatory flowers/assorted chocolates that follow garbage has got to end.

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