Nice to see Joe Buck continues to speak erroneously during games and still doesn’t acknowledge his mistakes.
Last night, Manny Being Manny Ramirez hit a 390-foot RBI single, a result of his coasting to first base since he thought he hit either a fly out or a HR. Manny, David Ortiz (who was on first at the time) and manager Terry Francona all argued the call, but replays showed that the umpires got it right (who needs replay???).
Following the event, Joe Buck stated that it was the longest RBI single in LCS history, which any Mets fan knows is incorrect. Thanks to my friend Jake, who called Buck out almost immediately after his statement, I was reminded that Robin Ventura actually has the longest RBI single in an LCS game. Ventura ended Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS with a “Grand Single,” a home run that was never recorded because Ventura never even reached second base before his teammates engulfed him in celebration.
Of course Buck, who may have even been doing that game (I don’t know for sure), didn’t acknowledge his mistake and fans are left thinking Manny has the longest RBI single in LCS history.
The next example came when Buck was discussing the possibility of the Red Socks coming back to defeat the Indians, similar to what they did against the Yankees in 2004. Buck’s reasoning was that it was possible because the core of that team is still in Boston, including (I am paraphrasing here) “David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling and Mike Lowell, who has experience from the Marlins in 2003.” Yes, Lowell has World Series experience, but he has NONE from the 2004 Red Socks team. Let’s see who else is still there: Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Mike Timlin, Doug Mirabelli, and Kevin Youkilis (who barely played then). So that is 8 guys, which seems like a lot, until you consider the guys who aren’t there anymore: lead idiot Johnny Damon, Pedro Martinez, Keith Foulke, Trot Nixon, Bill Mueller, Kevin Millar, Derek Lowe, Brandon Arroyo, Orlando Cabrera, Doug Mientkiewicz, Dave Roberts, among others. I understand Buck’s point to say there are still guys left, but don’t give me that the “core guys” are still there.
Special thanks to the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick for making me so bitter about things like this.