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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Willie who? TBS botches another Hall of Famer’s name

Gurt Cowdy never would have stood for this!

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Dear TBS, we get that you’re still relatively new to this whole Major League Baseball postseason broadcasting thing. But try to get the names of the game’s greatest players right.

The network that brought you Carl Ripken Jr. — while Ripken was calling the game on TBS! — added a new gaffe to the mix. Meet Willie Mayes, one of the few players to play in the postseason as a 20-year-old and in his 40s.

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:05 PM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM (#4269612)
Tee hee.
   2. Gotham Dave Posted: October 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4269614)
Sheesh, these are typos. Standard production errors. It's pretty sloppy for national TV but it's not really an affront to the game's history or any BS like that.
   3. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: October 14, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4269713)
What's the big deal? That's probably how Mays himself writes it about every third or fourth time at his book signings.
   4. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: October 14, 2012 at 05:21 PM (#4269720)
They meant Willie Mays Hayes.
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM (#4269721)

Carl Jr., nice.
   6. Ray (RDP) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM (#4269870)
I noticed this at the time and rolled my eyes.
   7. Gonfalon B. Posted: October 14, 2012 at 06:45 PM (#4269942)
TBS. Very funney.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 14, 2012 at 07:14 PM (#4270019)
Todd Turmer must be embarrassed.
   9. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 14, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4270071)
From the people who brought you Frank TV!
   10. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: October 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM (#4270086)
Meet Willie Mayes, one of the few players to play in the postseason as a 20-year-old and in his 40s.


This doesn't jive with the graphic. Murray was 23 and Rickey 22 when they first played in the postseason.
   11. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: October 14, 2012 at 08:26 PM (#4270129)
This would be even better if the graphic was a picture of Billy Mays. Also, I assume the graphics person is either someone's nephew or a really, really hot chick.
   12. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4270166)
Yeah, Billy Mays, Bill Murray and saxophonist Joe Henderson.
   13. T.J. Posted: October 14, 2012 at 09:25 PM (#4270270)
I've always been fond of Cal Ripkin, Jr. and Mark McGuire.
   14. SoSH U at work Posted: October 14, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4270334)

This doesn't jive with the graphic. Murray was 23 and Rickey 22 when they first played in the postseason.


Yeah, the graphic actually noted players who first played in the postseason under 24 and also played in the postsason over 40. But you can read all about this guy's hilarious snafu in my blog item devoted to it.

This would be even better if the graphic was a picture of Billy Mays


The Say Hi Kid.

   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM (#4270432)

Sheesh, these are typos. Standard production errors. It's pretty sloppy for national TV but it's not really an affront to the game's history or any BS like that.


Will Minor League Guy make an appearance in the NLCS?
   16. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM (#4270462)
I noticed this at the time and rolled my eyes.

I noticed too. The silence from the booth as they internally debated whether to mention the typo was priceless. Sadly, no one had the stones.
   17. Xander Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:28 PM (#4270602)
Will Minor League Guy make an appearance in the NLCS?
That was an embarrassment and hopefully that gfx PA was fired from FS Midwest. Not to mention "Minor League Guy" is now one of the best 3 prospects in the sport.
   18. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: October 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM (#4270657)
Will Minor League Guy make an appearance in the NLCS?


That was an embarrassment and hopefully that gfx PA was fired from FS Midwest. Not to mention "Minor League Guy" is now one of the best 3 prospects in the sport.

I dunno, as a one time thing I think it's kind of a hoot, not to mention that MLG will always have something unique about himself to be able to tell his grandkids. You've gotta leave room for a little spontaneity among the drudges, although in this case he should have definitely been warned not to do it again.
   19. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: October 15, 2012 at 12:13 AM (#4270659)
That was an embarrassment and hopefully that gfx PA was fired from FS Midwest.


Firing someone over that alone would be grossly overreacting.
   20. PreservedFish Posted: October 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM (#4270673)
This doesn't jive with the graphic.

Jibe.
   21. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: October 15, 2012 at 02:57 AM (#4270695)
Excuse me, I speak jibe
   22. kcgard2 Posted: October 15, 2012 at 07:38 AM (#4270724)
#13

That Greg Maddox always got under my skin though.
   23. Famous Original Joe C Posted: October 15, 2012 at 09:27 AM (#4270772)
   24. bigglou115 Posted: October 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM (#4270807)
17. Wasn't that a preseason game? I kinda figure if he's not in the regular season media guide I'm not too surprised a tech missed his name, and certainly can't work up any fervor over it.
   25. Barnaby Jones Posted: October 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM (#4270892)
That Greg Maddox always got under my skin though.


I think he over-relied on Andrew Jones.
   26. KJOK Posted: October 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM (#4270965)
Will Minor League Guy make an appearance in the NLCS?


Funny thing is, if one of the Cardinal position players does get hurt in the NLCS, he actually MIGHT make an appearance as he would be the best option - but they'd probably go with Ryan Jackson instead.
   27. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: October 15, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4271004)
At least they had the right picture and didnt pull a Gary Pettis.
   28. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: October 15, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4271054)

Firing someone over that alone would be grossly overreacting.


Now, if it'd been Minor League Gay, OTOH ...
   29. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: October 15, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4271057)
At least they had the right picture and didnt pull a Gary Pettis.


Pulling one's Gary Pettis in public is a sure way to get arrested.
   30. radioman Posted: October 15, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4271110)
Yeah, Billy Mays, Bill Murray and saxophonist Joe Henderson.


Nothing to say other than I am psyched to see Joe Henderson make it on to BBTF. He's one of my all-time favorites.

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