Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Former Mets GM Steve Phillips to announce on Sunday Night Baseball

This has to be a joke right? According to Neil Best's Watchdog blog, Steve Phillips will be joining Jon Miller and Joe Morgan in the booth on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball to form perhaps the worst announcing trio in the history of sport (no exaggeration). Tuning in will be a painful experience, between Miller's "bel-TRAN!" and "SAFE!", Morgan's ignorance and Phillips's inane ramblings. Here are a few Phillips gems from over the years, courtesy of Fire Joe Morgan:

"You talked a little bit about the scouting reports and also about statistics. Where do the Cleveland Indians fall in this era where numbers have become more important than maybe the people?" - During an interview with Indians GM Mark Shapiro

"The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox could both score 1,000 runs this season." - The Tigers scored 821 runs; the Red Sox, 845

"Bonds is just like Giambi in that he walks a lot and hits some home runs, but when he's not hitting the home runs he's a baseclogger." - Baseclogging. Nice.


AndrewDeJo said...

Doesn't sound like a joke to me. To me philips sounds like the perfect fit for that broadcast.

Mets Tailgate said...

You're right. They should all get along famously. Might have to make a Sunday Night Baseball drinking game with all the famous buzzwords: "grit", "hustle", "move the runners over", "I didn't trade Kazmir that was Duquette", "baseclogging", "Dave Concepcion", "Big Red Machine", "Billy Beane is a computer", etc.

AndrewDeJo said...

Philips is famous for using the phrase "rally killing Home Runs" and one even commented on a Richie Sexson "Rally killing grand slam". I'm all for playing that drinking game..... As a matter of fact I think I might make that today (I'm unemployed and have nothing better to do).

Also on the list:

1) "No more 'Great' teams"
2)"Manufacture runs"
3)"small ball"
4) One of the guys relays an anecdote that actually never happened.
5) Guys who play the game the "right way"

ps. Billy Beane co-wrote Moneyball with a computer and single-handedly ruined baseball.