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Monday, February 07, 2011

Marty Brennaman not afraid to speak his mind

Prediction: One Brennaman down…one to go.

On Saturday night during Marshall University’s preseason baseball banquet and fundraiser at the Cam Henderson Center, Brennaman - the keynote speaker - determined that Marshall’s president must be “queer” for softball since the university managed to open a $2.5 million softball facility in March 2008, but baseball is still traveling for home games.

Think that’ll go over well with the guy - Marshall President Stephen Kopp - who is partly responsible for bringing a Herd baseball facility to Huntington?

...“They’ve (Pirates) probably improved themselves, which means they’ll probably lose 97 games,” said Brennaman of the Pirates, who were 57-105 in 2010. “There’s no light at the end of the tunnel for that franchise. There really isn’t.

“I don’t think it has great ownership, I don’t think it has great baseball expertise in its front office, and is strapped for finances, which is probably the single biggest problem. I feel bad for them. PNC Park is one of the fine ballparks in Major League Baseball.”

...Brennaman offered his assessment on the Cardinals, Cubs, Pirates and Brewers.

St. Louis Cardinals - “I’m not a big St. Louis fan, because I’m not a big Tony LaRussa fan. I refer to him as ‘Mr. Baseball’ on the radio, because he acts like he invented the game.”

Chicago Cubs - “The Chicago Cubs won’t be a factor because, no matter how much they add to their club, at the end of the day, they’ve got ‘Cubs’ across the front of their jerseys. That’s the reason why they won’t win.”

Repoz Posted: February 07, 2011 at 10:40 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcers, media, pirates, reds, television

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   1. Leroy Kincaid Posted: February 07, 2011 at 12:12 PM (#3745060)
I'd rather be subject to two Marty's than a Marty and a Thom.
   2. depletion Posted: February 07, 2011 at 12:53 PM (#3745065)
John Candy not afraid of Carl Lewis in 100 m dash.
   3. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: February 07, 2011 at 01:27 PM (#3745073)
It's like that Onion headline: "Lighten up, I'm just being an a$$hole."
   4. TerpNats Posted: February 07, 2011 at 01:46 PM (#3745081)
Will this become Marty's "is Brooklyn still in the league" moment?
   5. Alex Vila Posted: February 07, 2011 at 02:02 PM (#3745089)
Somewhere, Adam Dunn is indulging in some schadenfreude.
   6. hokieneer Posted: February 07, 2011 at 02:49 PM (#3745106)
Has Marty not been put out to pasture yet?

Maybe we can get him in a row boat on Lake Tahoe.

This is coming from a lifelong Reds' fan who grew up listening to Marty on a daily basis.
   7. Jack Sommers Posted: February 07, 2011 at 02:52 PM (#3745109)
"When you go to the Hall of Fame, you realize the level of hypocrisy about this whole thing. Everywhere you go in Cooperstown, you see some evidence of Pete Rose. He's good enough to have his stuff in there, but he's not good enough to have a plaque in there, and that's got to change sometime in the not-too-distant future, and hopefully it will."


This is a pretty good point actually. There is a lot of hypocrisy in that. Even if thats not the way the rules work.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2011 at 02:56 PM (#3745114)
This sounds like a bad "Office" episode.
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 07, 2011 at 03:03 PM (#3745117)
I refer to him as ‘Mr. Baseball’ on the radio, because he acts like he invented the game.
I would hope that as a result, people begin referring to Marty Brennaman as Mr. Marconi.
   10. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: February 07, 2011 at 03:08 PM (#3745119)
This is a pretty good point actually. There is a lot of hypocrisy in that. Even if thats not the way the rules work.


I disagree. I think there is a pretty clear difference between honoring the achievement and honoring the man. Pete Rose got 4,256 hits, pretending he didn't would be silly but in my opinion he forfeited the right to be honored by the Hall by his actions.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2011 at 03:20 PM (#3745123)
Aren't there lots of guys with stuff there who weren't good enough to be in? Like Fernando Tatis' bat for hitting two grand slams in one inning? That kind of stuff?
   12. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: February 07, 2011 at 03:32 PM (#3745137)
“The Chicago Cubs won’t be a factor because, no matter how much they add to their club, at the end of the day, they’ve got ‘Cubs’ across the front of their jerseys. That’s the reason why they won’t win.”

I always knew I thought Marty was an #######, but evidently he's a moron, too.
   13. Charles S. is not doing chainsaw bears any more Posted: February 07, 2011 at 03:54 PM (#3745152)
Will this become Marty's "is Brooklyn still in the league" moment?

It would if Marty didn't have about 10 of those moments already in the can. I'm impressed he was able to hide his genetically predisposed ############# for so much longer than Thom was.
   14. cardsfanboy Posted: February 07, 2011 at 04:05 PM (#3745164)
This sounds like a bad "Office" episode.


I know I'm in the minority, but to me that means all Office episodes.



When you go to the Hall of Fame, you realize the level of hypocrisy about this whole thing. Everywhere you go in Cooperstown, you see some evidence of Pete Rose. He's good enough to have his stuff in there, but he's not good enough to have a plaque in there, and that's got to change sometime in the not-too-distant future, and hopefully it will


again in the minority here, but I fully support Pete Rose induction into the Hall of Fame, I think he should be banned from a job in baseball, especially any job that involves him dealing with players during the regular season(special spring training coach is fine, tv/radio gig is fine, no in season coaching including bench coach)
   15. Spahn Insane Posted: February 07, 2011 at 04:38 PM (#3745188)
I always knew I thought Marty was an #######, but evidently he's a moron, too.

Not that the Cubs aren't inept and whatnot, but they've spent a hell of a lot more time being a factor in the NL Central race in recent years than the Reds have.
   16. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: February 07, 2011 at 04:45 PM (#3745194)
Not that the Cubs aren't inept and whatnot, but they've spent a hell of a lot more time being a factor in the NL Central race in recent years than the Reds have.

Yeah. Brennaman should wait until the Reds win a bit more before he goes all Yankee fan on the world.
   17. bads85 Posted: February 07, 2011 at 04:48 PM (#3745196)
I'm impressed he was able to hide his genetically predisposed ############# for so much longer than Thom was.


I don't think he hid it -- it just didn't get noticed because he is so small market (not many people care about the Cincinnati radio guy)where his son exposed himself on a larger stage and was noticed.
   18. bads85 Posted: February 07, 2011 at 04:51 PM (#3745199)
Brennaman should wait until the Reds win a bit more before he goes all Yankee fan on the world.


He's been acting like this since 1975 -- maybe even 1972. He believes he was a part of the Big Red Machine, and it is the Big Red Machine's world -- everyone else is just living in it.
   19. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 07, 2011 at 04:59 PM (#3745205)
Not that the Cubs aren't inept and whatnot, but they've spent a hell of a lot more time being a factor in the NL Central race in recent years than the Reds have.


Even his statement "they’ve got ‘Cubs’ across the front of their jerseys" is incorrect. They've either got "Cubs" inside a little circle on the top left of their jerseys, or they've got "Chicago" across the front of their jerseys.
   20. zack Posted: February 07, 2011 at 05:10 PM (#3745212)
For some reason (don't ask me) I read this excerpt from the bottom up, and it provides an entirely different experience.

On the Cubs, heh. On LaRussa, yeah. On PNC, agree. On the Pirates ownership, sure I guess. Pirates record, okay. On Marshall, christ, what an #######.
   21. asinwreck Posted: February 07, 2011 at 05:21 PM (#3745219)
I'd rather be subject to two Marty's than a Marty and a Thom.


Can't we just have a Brennaman-free experience? I'd take Joe Buck over either, which is the second-nastiest insult imaginable in this context.
   22. The Buddy Biancalana Hit Counter Posted: February 07, 2011 at 05:25 PM (#3745222)
Rather expansive definition of "mind" the headline writer has.
   23. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 07, 2011 at 05:25 PM (#3745223)
again in the minority here, but I fully support Pete Rose induction into the Hall of Fame

I support letting the voters vote on Rose. I wouldn't vote for him if I were a BBWAA member, but I don't think they should have created a special rule just for Rose.
   24. SSHOCK Posted: February 07, 2011 at 05:44 PM (#3745236)
Brennaman - the keynote speaker


Boy, I sure hope somebody got fired for that blunder.
   25. philevans3154 Posted: February 07, 2011 at 06:29 PM (#3745282)
Brennaman - the keynote speaker

Was Abe Simpson busy that evening?
   26. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: February 07, 2011 at 07:10 PM (#3745341)
I refer to him as ‘Mr. Baseball’ on the radio, because he acts like he invented the game.

I would hope that as a result, people begin referring to Marty Brennaman as Mr. Marconi.


"Mr. Radio" would be the parallel construction. It's not like he's calling LaRussa "Mr. Doubleday" (or whomever).
   27. brian3451 Posted: February 07, 2011 at 07:51 PM (#3745386)
This just proves that he's classless like the rest of organization.
   28. PerroX Posted: February 08, 2011 at 03:30 AM (#3745650)
I'll take Rizzo over Buck.
   29. Vida Blew Over the Legal Limit Posted: February 08, 2011 at 04:01 AM (#3745663)
This just proves that he's classless like the rest of organization.


Yes, Marty is an asshoel, but this is nonsense.

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