Thursday, June 28, 2007

ESPN Is Physically Incapable Of NOT Relating Events To The Yankees

Craig Biggio picked up his 3,000th career hit tonight, lining a single to right-center off Aaron Cook in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ironically, the guy with the sixth most two-baggers in major league history was gunned down trying to sneak number 659.

Good for Biggio - he seems like a good guy, someone who always puts the team ahead of himself, and it's nice to see him reach such an important milestone. But why, pray tell, did the ESPN update guy feel the need to make a completely unnecessary association while narrating the highlight I saw this on?

It's not that he said anything bad - I think the exact words were, "He [Biggio] is to the Astros what Derek Jeter is to the Yankees." Probably not a big deal. But I guess it just sounded out of place, considering Derek Jeter and the Yankees had nothing to do with this game. Sure, you can make the argument that they're both hugely important to their teams, and have been for many years. But so has Tim Wakefield - why not throw his name out there? So has John Smoltz. So have any number of guys. Mentioning Jeter specifically was unusual.

On the bright side, they managed to announce Frank Thomas' 500th homerun without comparing him to Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig, so that's nice. Congratulations to Thomas as well - it's easy to forget that he was one of the most feared hitters for the first part of the 1990s. He's endured some tough stretches over the past few years, and might finally be on his last legs offensively, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be a Hall of Famer when his turn comes.


Signal to Noise said...

If it can't be compared to a Yank or a Red Sock, it can't be important.

Chimpanzee Rage said...

This blog is to blogging like mariano is to the yankees.

TheNaturalMevs said...

Quail, I agree. I'm tired of ESPN blowing the Yankees and BoSox. We have to face that it will never stop.