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.
Click here to listen to: Brock discuss the match-up between Tampa and Texas for the remaining Wild Card Spot.
Sometimes 162 games aren’t enough. Game 163 will be the tie-breaker that decides whether Tampa or Texas get a shot at a one-game playoff vs Cleveland for the official Wild Card spot in the AL.
In a one-game scenario, most stats go out the window. It will likely come down to who pitches a gem tonight, Price or Perez.
Both have the potential to throw un-godly stuff.
Baseball fans should be in for a real treat.
Getting an extra game, “Bonus Baseball” if you will, is a treat in itself.
Click here to listen to: Brock Picken talk with Matt Stairs on Baseball, Hockey, and his Coaching Career.
Matt Stairs joins Brock Picken on The Dugout to discuss his baseball career, love of hockey, and community involvement in Fredericton.
Stairs played for 12 franchises (13 teams – Expos & Nationals being the same franchise) which is a MLB record for a position player. Stairs also holds the record for the most MLB pinch-hit HR’s with 23. Stairs is in good company with Larry Walker, Justin Morneau and Jason Bay being the only Canadian professional ball players with 200+ HR’s (Stairs with 265).