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I wasn't that big a fan of Ripken's as a player in the 1990s. Oh, I appreciated all the things that made him one of the most important players in the history of the game. But there were several players on those Orioles teams that I felt more of a connection to.
But I truly came to admire him after listening closely to his work in the booth for TBS this week. As I previously wrote, I came to understand what a great student he is. He is constantly asking questions and trying to figure things out -- like what makes Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez so effective. Ripken would not rest until he got answers -- from Smoltz, Showalter, anyone he thought might know.
Sounds like you'd prefer no voices in the booth, which is what the mute button is for.
But he definitely came across as pulling for the Orioles
Such as Phil Hughes being the best in the business at putting away hitters with two strikes. WHAAAAAA????
Ernie Johnson is much better suited to be a studio host than a play by play guy. He's great with the NBA, much more eh for baseball pbp.
I am surprised Smoltz sill has a job after his nasty words against homosexuals. Usually that much vulgar bigotry gets people fired from jobs with so much publicity. See Al Campanis and Jimmy the Greek.
Yes, let's fire anyone who disagrees with you. Please take the tolerance police act somewhere else.
Of course not everyone new is good, but, I think this mechanism is at work.
"it is impossible to have freedom of speech if you can lose your career by exercising (freedom of speech)."
Does not go very well with:
"I just said it surprises me that Smoltz has his job despite expressing views much more hateful and vulgar than Greek's or Campanis'."
Clearly, the reason why it surprises you because you feel that, in a perfect world, people like Smoltz (who say "hateful and vulgar" things) would be kept off the air.
I would also be surprised if you got over 300 on the reading section of the SAT.
And this comment just proves you're a smug jerk. Tolerance, indeed.
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