I love baseball. One of things that drives me nuts about it, however, is how slow it is to change. In one way, it can be a good thing. In another way, it can be like your drunken redneck uncle from Alabama who hides in the basement hugging his rebel flag and drinking his Budweiser while he talks to his collection of mounted deer heads about how the South will rise again.
World, meet your drunken redneck uncle.
That analogy may not be totally appropriate for Tim McCarver, but I can’t help myself because he used a totally inappropriate analogy to describe the New York Yankees current relationship with Joe Torre.
In what could be the dumbest statement McCarver graced the world with, he compared the New York Yankees treatment of Joe Torre to that of the treatment of high ranking military officials who fell out of favor in Stalin and Hitler’s regime. Currently the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Torre was not mentioned in the ceremony closing Yankee Stadium in 2008, which prompted McCarver to serve up this delicious sound byte:
“You remember some of those despotic leaders in World War II, primarily in Russia and Germany, where they used to take those pictures that they had … taken of former generals who were no longer alive, they had shot ’em. They would airbrush the pictures, and airbrushed the generals out of the pictures. In a sense, that’s what the Yankees have done with Joe Torre. They have airbrushed his legacy. I mean, there’s no sign of Joe Torre at the Stadium. And that’s ridiculous. I don’t understand it.”
Apparently the New York Yankees are now shooting at photos of Joe Torre. Watch out, Joe Girardi. I hear you’re next.