Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman lit up the rubber chicken circuit this weekend, speaking at Marshall University’s annual preseason baseball banquet. Brennaman had a number of pointed remarks to share on topics ranging from Tony La Russa (” I refer to him as ‘Mr. Baseball’ on the radio, because he acts like he invented the game”), the Chicago Cubs (“at the end of the day, they’ve got ‘Cubs’ across the front of their jerseys…that’s the reason why they won’t win”) and the Milwaukee Brewers (“what they’ve done is mortgage their future for one shot”), but saved his most memorable comment for the matter of the host school’s athletics programs. From the Charleston Daily Mail’s Rich Stevens :

On Saturday night during the banquet and fundraiser at the Cam Henderson Center, Brennaman – the keynote speaker – determined that Marshall’s president must be “queer” for softball since the university managed to open a $2.5 million softball facility in March 2008, but baseball is still traveling for home games.

Think that’ll go over well with the guy – Marshall President Stephen Kopp – who is partly responsible for bringing a Herd baseball facility to Huntington?