A Day Later, Pondering The Leaning Tower Of Matt Holliday

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Though Bad Altitude finds some slim consolation in “the Red Sox haven’t had to use any of their vulnerable pitchers — which is every single one of them besides Beckett, Schilling, Okajima, and Papelbon — in a close-game situation yet”, there’s also the not-so-small matter of Colorado’s likely MVP leaving taking the bat out of Todd Helton’s hands in the last of the 8th Thursday night.

The Fanhouse’s Pat Lackey, unduly distracted by some marketing nonsense of some sort of another, fails to understand there’s only one option for the real fan during this Fall Classic ; fake your IP address so you can watch the MLB.com international feed instead of Fox’s promo-happy presentation.

Starting with last night’s “unscripted” conversation between Royce Clayton and Coco Crisp about the free taco giveaway (you can call it unscripted all you want, but why else would ROYCE CLAYTON be mic’d up?) I think Buck and McCarver have talked more about the free tacos than baseball. They replayed the conversation tonight, they celebrated in the booth when Jacoby Ellsbury stole a base, they played ANOTHER conversation between Clayton and Ellsbury with Clayton urging Ellsbury to steal a base for America, and they interviewed Taco Bell’s creepy COO. His empty eyes bored a hole into the camera and my Fox-addled soul. Not only that, Jub-Jub asked the Stepford-COO about giving away “Millions of dollars of free tacos.” Try tens of thousands of dollars of free tacos, maybe.

It’s been some kinda career for Clayton ; from the shortstop who replaced The Wizard, to the mouthpiece that took on tasks that would embarrass Eric Byrnes.

8 responses to “A Day Later, Pondering The Leaning Tower Of Matt Holliday”

  1. bc says:

    i’m still trying to figure out why some pithy fox commentator in game one took a swing at the cubbies offense when they didn’t even play colorado in the first round. at least we have tacoby shellsbury…..http://www.cafepress.com/aharm.180824709

  2. kt says:

    clayton’s been mic’d up since at least the alcs. that doesn’t answer why but it’s not like he was mic’d up solely for the taco bell spiel.

  3. GC says:

    So you want me to believe taco bell didn’t intend for Royce Clayton to be the face of their entire campaign?

  4. Rog says:

    My wife, who has no knowledge of anything about any sport on Earth, said something pretty damned funny when Matt Holliday got picked off: “Poor guy. He’s just trying to win us another free taco.” That’s a whole bunch funnier than Joe Fuck pulling out the Van Halen album two nights ago, that’s for sure (to which my wife asked, “why the fuck is he doing that?!?”)

  5. Ben Schwartz says:

    Despite my rooting interest in the Red Sox for this one, I was a little bored by the rout in game one. Most every series in the 2007 playoffs (except Indians/Sox) was a near sweep, so I’m hoping the World Series won’t turn out to be the same slide. I’d like it to be a shooting war, that’s all.


  6. GC says:

    Mrs. Rog is now officially the front runner to replace Rick Reilly

  7. Dmac says:

    Joe Buck has the scariest forehead in sports broadcasting.

  8. Rog says:

    Ben, why would you root for the Sox? Thought you hated them. I don’t think it will be a sweep, though. I think Colorado will win at least two at home because the Sox have Diceman and Lester in two of those games. It might take a similar path to that of the ALCS. The Rox should win #3 and #4 and Beckett will win #5. Then I see Schill winning #6 or Becket coming back on very short rest and winning #7.

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