But if he was, the New York Times sports media writer might become a rich man covering TBS’s Chip Caray (above).
[Caray] stated that Derek Jeter was playing in his 49th postseason game ” œNo. 1 of all time. Truth: it was his 49th division series game, out of 122 postseason games.
He likened the œdynamic duo of Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera to the Rivera-John Wetteland bullpen pairing in œthose great early years of Joe Torre, when they were dominating the World Series. Truth: Rivera and Wetteland were Yankee teammates for two seasons, and Torre managed them only in 1996.
He said the œYankees led the world in home runs this season with 201. He liked saying it so much he said it again. Truth: The Brewers led the majors with 231, followed by the Phillies with 213 and the Reds at 204. The Yankees and Marlins were tied at 201.
He extolled Alex Rodriguez™s œoffensive heroics in the first two months of the season for keeping the Yankees in the race. Truth: A-Rod had a sensational April, but he slumped in May to a .235 batting average with 5 home runs and 11 runs batted in.
He introduced Indians reliever Joe Borowski in Game 3 as having played for the Brewers and the Reds. Truth: He never played for Milwaukee, and while he once signed with the Reds, he never made it out of spring training. Caray also noted his hometown, Bayonne, N.J., but pronounced it as if it were part of the Louisiana bayou.
He also has an annoying air of certitude. With the bases loaded Sunday, and the Yankees leading, 5-3, thanks to Johnny Damon™s three-run homer, Caray said, œThis is a spot where they have to score another run to win the game. Does he also read palms?
That attitude led him on Sunday, after Rodriguez™s first hit of the series, to say, œAnd here come the Yankees! A-Rod went back to the bench on Jorge Posada™s double play.
After Damon™s run-scoring single in the third, he said, œAnd here they come!
No, they didn™t: Jeter promptly grounded into a double play.
While those last few points are more about announcing style than ability, I’ve been annoyed by the same thing. Tonight I mostly half-listened to the game while working in a different room from the TV. On two separate occasions Caray’s tone and volume had me rushing in to see what sort of Yankees action had transpired. Once it was a lead-off single (here come the Yankees!); the other time, Cano’s home run that made it 6-2.
Here are some questions to ponder through the rest of Caray™s work this postseason. Why isn™t he better prepared? If his producer, Jeff Gowen, is listening to what he is saying, why isn™t Caray improving? And why should I have to keep rushing to MLB.com to fact-check his facts?