Saturday, July 17, 2010

McCarver Steps In It Yet Again

Unlike many baseball fans I've never had much of a problem with Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth; I find him to be more like a necessary evil than anything else. (Joe Morgan is another matter altogether.) But a recent pronouncement from McCarver reminded me of the Mets' botched firing of manager Willie Randolph a few seasons ago. In other words, a widely supported conclusion was handled badly and ended up biting the protagonist in the ass.

During Fox Sports' broadcast of the Saturday, July 17th, Yankees vs Rays game at Yankee Stadium, McCarver decried the absence of any tribute to former Yankee manager Joe Torre at the Yankees home park. Now, regardless of how one may feel regarding the Yankees' handling of Torre's departure, the fact remains that he led the Bronx Bombers to 12 consecutive post-season appearances, including 4 World Series championships, 6 pennants, and 10 division titles. So, yes, it's a no-brainer to suggest that Torre be acknowledged in the palace that is the new Yankee Stadium, and shame on the Yankees for failing to do so.

But for McCarver to compare this Yankee faux pas to mid 20th century German and Soviet generals being airbrushed out of their respective histories for not achieving whatever victory was expected of them, is not only grounds for invoking Godwin's Law, but an incredibly inappropriate and ill-timed statement mere days after the death of Yankees owner, and acknowledged hard-ass George M. Steinbrenner. Jesus, man, do you not think before you spew such nonsense? Good grief.


  1. If you're looking for Tim McCarver for words of wisdom, then you're part of the problem.

    Joe Torre barely spent 6 months out of the Bronx before he spilled his guts in some lame-ass autobiography that opened up the locker room. Is this somebody you want to venerate right now? Really?

    He shouldve kept his mouth shut. He's not a Yankee. Torre was the perfect manager for the perfect team. But that's it. If he wants' to keep runnning his fucking mouth, let him do it as a Dodger, which means more to him anyway. Hey, let's be honest: Joe Torre is a National Leaguer anyway. Fuck Torre.

    Joe Torre ran his fucking mouth on the locker room, and now you wanna fucking prance him out on Old Timer's Day? Really? as if he didnt know exactly what he was doing?

  2. No, I'm not looking to "Tim McCarver for words of wisdom"; I've just never had a problem with him either way. He was occasionally just a mild annoyance, nothing more. Until now.

    Anyway, here's the best take on the subject I've come across:

    "McCarver thinks that comparing Torre--who became a rich man and a future Hall of Famer thanks to his time as a Yankee--to Nazi and Soviet victims is just peachy. I think McCarver is off his rocker.

    Let's review - Joe left Yankeeland because of the 'insult' of getting a one-year, $5 million contract offer with an additional $3 million in incentives. He signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for less money than the Yankees offered him. Then he wrote
    The Yankee Years and trashed George Steinbrenner and the Yankee front office. He moved on, and so did the Yankees. But according to McCarver, the team ought to be obsessing about poor Joe every day. Give me a break.

    Yes, Torre got left out of that Yankee Stadium closing tribute, and he should have been mentioned there. But McCarver didn't even bring that up; instead he focused on stuff that isn't even true.

    How should the Yankees sufficiently honor Torre right now? Retire his number? Give him a plaque in Monument Park? And does McCarver really think that either thing will happen when 1) he's still an active manager for another team, and 2) he has yet to apologize for biting the hand that fed him for twelve years?

    Casey Stengel had three more rings than Joe Torre. He didn't get his Yankee number retired until 1970, ten years after he was fired, and five years after he retired from the Mets. He didn't get a plaque in Monument Park until 1976, the year after he died.

    If Torre didn't write
    The Yankee Years, I think the front office would have retired his number after he himself retired from managing. Now, I don't see that happening any time soon. But that's Joe's own fault, not the Yankees."

  3. im still digging the good grief sign off! :)