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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton is no fan of the Cubans

Bang the Swish symbol slowly…

In the ninth inning of yesterday’s Indians/Reds game, with his team holding a 4-2 lead, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman buzzed a 100-mph heater past Nick Swisher’s head, and Indians radio announcer Tom Hamilton lost it. You can see the pitches and hear Hamilton’s reaction at the video posted here, which includes his statement that, “what you’d love to see Swisher do here is knock it right off the temple of Chapman and see how much fun it is to have a ball coming at your head.”

Actually, Tom, only the worst people would love to see Swisher murder Chapman with a line drive to the temple. That would be awful.

But that’s why everybody loves Hammy. He wants to win as bad as anyone does, rules against cheering (or getting real pissy about losing) in the pressbox be damned. And the bloodthirsty radio man wasn’t done with the Reds reliever yet. After going on a bit about how Terry Francona will surely see to it that Chapman’s teammates rue the day that a fastball buzzed past Nick Swisher’s head, Hamilton then got into politics on a broader level.

“Maybe you get away with that in Cuba,” he said, referring to Chapman’s status as a native of the island country. 

As much as this statement probably falls closer to idiotic jingoism than anything else, there’s at least a chance it was intended as a comment on Cuba as a place where things are so backward that pitchers can throw inside at batters with impunity.

Mega slay tracks to CStB.

Repoz Posted: May 29, 2013 at 05:51 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: May 29, 2013 at 06:27 AM (#4454370)
Guess he hated Bob Gibson and most of the pre-80's pitchers then. Or maybe they were all Cuban too.
   2. Knock on any Iorg Posted: May 29, 2013 at 06:35 AM (#4454371)
How in the world did he grow that big mountain out of that tiny little mole hill?
   3. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: May 29, 2013 at 06:41 AM (#4454372)
Ah, he's been doing that for years. He absolutely lost his mind over the Omar Vizquel-Arthur Rhodes earring anthill back in the day.

I heard him call a home run one time while I was in the car, and from his I was sure the ball had gone at least 500 feet. I rushed into the house, fired up the internet, and saw a replay of a 385-foot shot that just barely got to the seats.

My advice to any neutrals listening to Indians broadcasts is to keep in mind that if Hammy is screaming and yelling about something, it's probably no big deal.

edit to add: "Everybody loves Hammy" is a bit strong, I think. I like that he's got personality, but I kind of wish he'd stop shouting at me while I'm just trying to listen to a baseball game on the radio.
   4. Knock on any Iorg Posted: May 29, 2013 at 06:58 AM (#4454375)
Actually, I was referring to the author of this piece, not Hamilton. I already knew that he probably goes through about 6 microphones a season in that booth as much as he screams at them.
   5. Leroy Kincaid Posted: May 29, 2013 at 07:10 AM (#4454377)
He makes Indians games un-listenable. Which is too bad because the other guy is pretty decent. Not only does he scream but he's also pissy. He can go on and on about the umps, for example.
   6. just plain joe Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:00 AM (#4454379)
Not only does he scream but he's also pissy. He can go on and on about the umps, for example.


Must have studied at the Hawk Harrelson School of Broadcasting.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:59 AM (#4454403)
there’s at least a chance it was intended as a comment on Cuba as a place where things are so backward


Its certainly no Cleveland.
   8. The Pequod Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:01 AM (#4454405)
Weird, I think this is the first time I've ever heard anyone express a negative opinion about Tom Hamilton. Indians fans love him.

Also, sometimes the umps deserve it.
   9. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:14 AM (#4454406)
I have not heard much of Hamilton but he seems like your garden variety homer. The suggestion that Swisher should line a ball off Chapman's head crosses a line in my opinion but that's heat of the moment stuff. I'm pretty sure Hamilton isn't walking around today saying "man, I hope someone takes Chapman out." The headline is unnecessarily incendiary also. Based on the comments I've read he wasn't saying anything bad about Cuba and I'm usually sensitive to that stuff.
   10. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:17 AM (#4454407)
Weird, I think this is the first time I've ever heard anyone express a negative opinion about Tom Hamilton.
I think he's an excellent play-by-play guy when he's not yelling or ranting and raving. His college basketball stuff, for instance, is rock solid. Most of his baseball work is really good.

I just don't dig on the homer stuff. Just tell me what's happening. You report, I decide. Or something.
   11. Davo Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:20 AM (#4454410)
It wouldn't be the first time a former Yankee killed a Chapman in Cleveland.
   12. Ill calla Tony you Colavito Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:30 AM (#4454417)
It wouldn't be the first time a former Yankee killed a Chapman in Cleveland.


Chapman-Mays happened at the Polo Grounds.
   13. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: May 29, 2013 at 09:32 AM (#4454418)
I think he's talking about the time Sparky Lyle killed Andy Chapman*.

* - this didn't happen. Don't sue me.
   14. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM (#4454453)
No, he's talking about Ed Figueroa's brutal murder of Kelvin Chapman, which was unrelated to baseball.
   15. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4454475)

I've never heard Tom Hamilton, but he's gotta be better than Underwood (?) and Manning, the Cleveland TV guys. They are offensively, aggressively bland.
   16. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM (#4454477)
   17. Dunn Deal Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM (#4454493)
Indians pitchers hit Phillips (a 2-0 fastball to the ribs from Westbrook with Votto on 2nd and 1st base open) and Choo last night. Was Hamilton up in arms about those?

Guess whose pitchers have hit the most batters in the majors? It's the Indians with 25.
   18. SouthSideRyan Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM (#4454516)
I can't stand Tom Hamilton on Big Ten Network calls. Just nonstop screaming, and misses plays constantly.
   19. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM (#4454522)
Indians pitchers hit Phillips (a 2-0 fastball to the ribs from Westbrook with Votto on 2nd and 1st base open) and Choo last night. Was Hamilton up in arms about those?
I'm admittedly an Indians fan, but I'm also far from a Hamilton fanboy.

I think, though, that he'd tell you hitting a guy is one thing and throwing at his head is a different thing. And, good lord, what pitcher hasn't hit Choo this year? He's suddenly become the illegitimate offspring of Ron Hunt and Craig Biggio.
   20. Dunn Deal Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM (#4454531)
I think, though, that he'd tell you hitting a guy is one thing and throwing at his head is a different thing. And, good lord, what pitcher hasn't hit Choo this year? He's suddenly become the illegitimate offspring of Ron Hunt and Craig Biggio.


That's all true. I think that Hamilton dialed it up to 11 with his near-insane overreaction.

The Indians' response seemed more appropriate: first, in the heat of the moment - Swisher telling Chapman, "Don't do that. Don't do that," along with the Indians dugout jumping to the top step. But nobody lost their cool. Then, yesterday, Phillips got hit with what looked to me to be an intentional fastball to the ribs. The Reds' failure to retaliate makes it seem to me like everyone involved (maybe except for BP) thought it to be warranted.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: May 29, 2013 at 05:44 PM (#4454988)
As much as this statement probably falls closer to idiotic jingoism than anything else, there’s at least a chance it was intended as a comment on Cuba as a place where things are so backward that pitchers can throw inside at batters with impunity.

Wow, even by internet standards that's an impressive stretch. Can we shift the headline to "Hamilton could possibly maybe be no fan of Cubans"
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: May 29, 2013 at 06:11 PM (#4455011)
I just don't dig on the homer stuff. Just tell me what's happening. You report, I decide. Or something.


Screw that. I wouldn't listen to a local broadcaster if they didn't have a homer tendency. There is the Hawk bad version of it of course, but for the most part, it's not baseball broadcasting if there isn't some clear indication of who the announcer is rooting for.

   23. The Polish Sausage Racer Posted: May 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM (#4455815)
Makes one miss Herb Score: "And it's fwee bawws and a stwike on Wofton..."

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