07/31/2005: Listening to the Cards-Dodgers game on XM Radio this afternoon....
Since the game is in LA, XM is picking up the Dodgers' radio feed. That means I'm hearing Vin Scully call the game. For the first three innings, at least.
And Vin is referring to Cardinals 2B Mark Grudzielanek as "Grassolanek" (or at least that's what it sounds like). [Granting, this isn't as bad as the time that Harry Caray kept referring to then Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi as "Tom Paggliozzi", but in Harry's defense, he'd just come back to the Cubs broadcast booth after his stroke, and I was (and still am) inclined to cut Harry a lot of slack for that reason.]
Vin, if you weren't a living legend I'd have to give you a whole ration o'shit.
But I've got to give Vin credit. On the same play he referred to Grudz by that bastardized neologism, he was admiring the defensive acumen of the Cards in general and right fielder John Rodriguez in particular (on a play where the Dodgers had two men in scoring position and should have, by all rights, scored two runs, Rodriguez both played the ball perfectly and hit the cut-off man to hold the Dodgers to only one run). And then, on the next play, in which Cards left fielder John Gall had a part, Scully actually made reference to that favorite passage of us high school Latinists: "Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres."
Any baseball play-by-play man who can pull a reference to Caesar's Commentarii De Bello Gallico into his broadcast is definitely deserving of enshrinement in Cooperstown.
I stand in awe.
Len on 07.31.05 @ 04:09 PM CST