I’ve said some dumb things before. Some might say this happens on a daily basis. But I don’t have a job that requires me to say words and things on national television.
Sunday night, during the Jays – Rangers game, FOX Sports commentator Harold Reynolds (who gets paid a nice sum of money to say words and things on tv) made a comment that I’d say falls under the classification of “a special kind of stupid”. A hard foul ball into the stands prompted Reynolds to make a comment about fans in Toronto not being properly equipped to catch foul balls because,
“there’s not a lot of people who grew up playing baseball in Canada. They aren’t used to catching balls in the stands”.
And the internet in Canada blew up, nearly melting all of our igloos:
Even the second Canadian to ever suit up for the Jays had to point out Harold’s off-side comment:
Now, this isn’t the first time the Jays have experienced some tough-love from our American neighbours. Remember the upside-down Canadian flag during the 1992 World Series?
And if you are curious to know what happened following the “flag flap”, this is a really interesting article by the Marine Corps who carried the flag the following game.
But this? This is a blatant insult to the entire county. We don’t know how to catch a ball. Really?
Hey Harold, in case you needed a brief history lesson, we’ve actually been playing the sport in this country for a while:
– first documented game on Canadian soil: 1838
– Babe Ruth’s first professional home run – hit on Canadian soil in 1914
– before Jackie Robinson would break the colour barrier, he’d play professional ball in Montreal, for the Royals
Hey Harold, ever hear of Larry Walker? The 7-time gold glove right fielder for the Montreal Expos. Yes, he’s Canadian. He also wants you to know he can catch:
And even though Hall-of-Fame pitcher, Fergie Jenkins is in the hall mainly for throwing a baseball, we can all assume he knows how to catch it. It got thrown back to him more than it got hit back to him, with his 3,192 strikeouts after all. Oh, and he just happens to be Canadian.
Are you really that ignorant, Harold? Or are you part of a giant conspiracy the US has against our Canadian team? Sound crazy? Don Cherry doesn’t think so:
“We’re getting stiffed. You know why we’re getting stiffed? Because they do not want a Canadian team in the final. That’s my opinion.”
But that’s a whole other pile of moose droppings…
I think it’s safe to say Harold, that many Canadians do know how to catch a ball. What we don’t do? Take crap from a brutal announcer like you.
Watch as I discuss the 2015 Blue Jays with Cito Gaston, and we make connections to the 1992 and 1993 World Championship teams that he managed. The 3-part interview is posted below.