05/31/2004: Recognizing the cliches for what they are....
They've got the Memphis Redbirds game (against the Albuquerque Isotopes) playing on TV Time-Warner (TW Cable's "throwaway" channel as it were) tonight. Just about 15-20 minutes or so ago Danny Haren, pitching for the Redbirds, hit a solo home run to add to his (then) 2-0 lead. And then, of course, the announcers said it.
"...helping out his own cause...."
I appreciated it a little more when, on one of the games broadcast this weekend (there were quite a few; most of my TV time this weekend has been watching various and assorted ballgames, including two Cardinals games) the announcing team at least acknowledged the cliche. The pitcher was batting, and IIRC he cut loose with an RBI double. At that point the color man piped up, "Ladies and gentlemen, we are now legally and contractually obligated to use the phrase 'helping out his own cause' at this point in the game...."
One of the more amusing moments I've had watching a ballgame lately.
Speaking of Haren though, he's pitching a good game (just now got his season high 11th strikeout of the game), and having a good night at the plate as well: I forget how many plate appearances he has (probably two; Haren's batting 9th, of course, and it's now the top of the 7th), but he has a double and a home run.
Len on 05.31.04 @ 08:12 PM CST