Zen and the Art of Garfooseball.
Following last night’s Blue Jays/Tigers game in which Ricky Romero allowed eight walks, newbie TV analyst Dirk Hayhurst had some choice words in evaluating Romero’s performance. I quote:
Jamie Campbell: If the minor league season were to be extended a little further, would you envision (Romero) being demoted the way things are going?
Dirk Hayhurst: He’s absolutely warranted a demotion … 8 walks is just far too many walks to stay in the big leagues with. I’m a big Ricky fan, I played with him, I like the guy, but at some point you have to look at all this failure and realize this is beyond the confines of normal failure, this is now stretching into the area of embarrassment. He’s out there and he’s embarrassed himself. He knows it, the fans know it, the team knows it.
While it is refreshing to see a Sportsnet personality not shilling for his Rogers overlords, Dirk would do well to choose his words a little more carefully.
...I’m not saying you have to have been a Major League All-Star to be able to level criticism at another player, but if you are going to do so, at least have some sort of self-awareness. I understand that making inflammatory comments is part & parcel for a best-selling author seeking publicity. But if Dirk wants any sort of longevity in this media gig, he’ll need to tone down the hyperbole and personal attacks*.
*edit: on second thought, hyperbole and personal attacks will actually ensure his longevity.
Posted: August 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM | 35 comment(s)
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