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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Even Gary Thorne is getting frustrated with the Orioles

With a loss to the Tigers on Saturday, the Orioles lost their 100th game of the season. It’s their second consecutive season with triple-digit losses, and their third straight losing season. The Orioles are frustrating to watch if you’re a fan, but even broadcaster Gary Thorne sounds fed up with the lack of quality baseball.

In the first inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a foul pop-up. Catcher Chance Sisco and third baseman Rio Ruiz converged on the ball. Ruiz did not call off Cisco. As a result, Cisco continued to pursue the pop-up but both players tried not to collide into each other and the ball dropped onto the ground, giving Gurriel new life.

Following the play, a frustrated Thorne said, “And there again, that can’t happen. 12 games left in the year and you still haven’t decided that a third baseman calls off the catcher? For the love of gracious, come on!”

Meanwhile, Jon Miller has to be thinking that alienating Peter Angelos has to have been one of the best decisions of his broadcasting career….

QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: broadcasters, gary thorne, orioles

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   1. donlock Posted: September 18, 2019 at 01:42 PM (#5880423)
And there again, that can’t happen. 12 games left in the year and you still haven’t decided that a third baseman calls off the catcher? For the love of gracious, come on!”

Are you allowed to say for the "love of gracious", on the air? Never heard that one before.
   2. Bhaakon Posted: September 18, 2019 at 03:07 PM (#5880469)
I'm pretty used to seeing my hometown announcers call out players who make that kind of error. That is, mental or preparatory mistakes, to a lesser extent poor effort (though usually only if the poor effort had an actual, immediate effect). Maybe because most of my team's announcers are ex-players. It's not generally considered notable.
   3. bfan Posted: September 18, 2019 at 05:46 PM (#5880542)
As pathetic franchises go, the Orioles certainly have the pole position at this point. If you can get passed measurement by play-off appearances (and they might have a 10 year bad run on those), they certainly take ownership of having among the worst seasons, when they are bad.

Since I am a fan of good ownership of sports franchises (meaning good business acumen), I can certainly celebrate in their ineptness, as I would think Peter Angelos must be one of the worst owners. Making a fortune latching onto a state's tobacco settlement doesn't seem to require a lot of good business sense, and so I will acknowledge he made his money legally, I am not sure I admire how he accumulated that wealth to buy a baseball franchise.
   4. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: September 18, 2019 at 10:19 PM (#5880589)
"The bases are loaded again, and I wish I was too."

I really miss Thorne and Clement calling hockey games for ESPN in the 1990s.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:12 AM (#5880628)
Making a fortune latching onto a state's tobacco settlement . . .
Angelos made his fortune from asbestos litigation, which may have done more for lawyers than actual victims. Angelos also made big bucks in the tobacco litigation, where he was quite successful “working the umpires”, getting the Maryland Legislature to change law after he lost an important court case.

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