It’s bad enough they’ve fired Bill Brown, who is a really good play by play man. I shouldn’t say fired, because it’s more correctly said – not re-hired. Here and I thought they’d gotten some sense after getting rid of the 2 radio guys.
But JD is interviewing for the vacant Cubs WGN job and let’s be honest here – Crane isn’t going to find a BETTER color man than JD. Because there isn’t one out there. Now he might could find someone CHEAPER, sure. Maybe he’s gonna hire someone who talks like Keith Law so as he can get rid of the few fans left. But listeners don’t want to be bombarded with an array of stats, we want to hear stuff like what inning it is, what the score is, who is pitching, who is hitting, what pitch was thrown, the action on the field.
Amidst all the “Brand X” call to the bullpen – type ads every few seconds.
But I’m not gonna be surprised if Crane goes for cheaper instead of excellent. After all, he’s just lost the title of Cheapest, Rottenest, Lousiest Creep Of An Owner to Jeffrey Loria, who naturally went back on his word to all those free agents he hired last year and traded them to a very high tax team. Just for fun. He has one guy on the payroll who he has to pay more than minimum wage – Ricky Nolasco, who is getting 11.5 mill, and you KNOW he’s gonna be a goner before Spring Training.
This leaves the Marlins with 3 actual major leaguers on the team – Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison and the new SS, Escobar (the guy who used to be with Atlanta who didn’t get along with any person on the team.)
So they have more actual major leaguers than the Astros, who have 2 1/2 – Altuve, Harrell and Lowrie (who counts as the half because he’s always hurt.) And Lowrie is due for arbitration, so you know he may not last neither.
There is a little media talktalktalk about how icky Samson/Loria are and how they’ve Lost Credibility. Like it matters one little bit to them. They make millions with a completely empty stadium. All the talktalktalk about the Astros can be summed up by – oh, isn’t Luhnow WONderful, he’s doing all this statty stuff and is gonna put these AAAA guys on the field again but he’s acquired all these prospects so that after doing the Billy Beane for years, maybe he’ll manage 1 year like the As did this year when everything clicks – before he tears it down and builds it back up.
Nobody cares about the Astros, relegated to the sub-basement of the DH league. But Miami has a nice new stadium, paid for by taxpayers, after all the crooked politicians (yeah, that’s an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp, I know) gave it up. Gonna cost them suckas 2.4 BILLION. None of which is coming out of Loria’s pocket. Nice work if you can get it. So really, the Media is pissed off because just like the FA, they swallowed Loria’s bullstuff about how he was now gonna have a REAL major league payroll now that he got his new stadium, which he REALLY needed to pay for actual major leaguers. And like all those FA who were unceremoniously dumped on their asses, they are getting sneered at by Loria. Media always get pissed off when they get duped.
They’ve gotten duped by Crane, too, but it’s Houston, some hick town in the middle of nowheres, so who cares. Miami is glamorous. You get Miami Vice. You get Miami Heat. You get Burn Notice. Houston? you get
And looks as if I was wrong about Berkman, too, who is now talking about being a DH for the Astros.
He’s as bad as me. He SHOULD let go, but he can’t just yet…
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