TBS’ Chip Carey is being castigated far and wide for his error-prone work this postseason, but no one’s been nearly as detailed in their critique as the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir. “If Caray’s crew could not keep him from spontaneously miscalling plays,” asked Sandomir, “you must wonder about his misuse of statistics. Is he receiving bad game notes, or is he conducting rogue research?”
He gave Alex Rodriguez™s career statistics but left out 2009; he also erroneously said that after Rodriguez hit a home run in his first at-bat in May upon returning from hip surgery rehabilitation, œhe hasn™t stopped hitting since.
Caray called a passed ball by Jorge Posada his eighth of the year but it was his ninth.
In praising Tigers catcher Gerald Laird on Tuesday, he said that his nearly 42 percent success rate in throwing out runners trying to steal was the best in the American League. But it wasn™t.
Caray said that the Twins™ Orlando Cabrera had played in past division series for the Yankees, the Angels, the Red Sox and the Rays, then came out of a commercial break, irked and chastened, to say that those were teams he played against. (The well-traveled Cabrera has played in the division series for Boston and the Angels, as well as for the White Sox and the Twins.)
Caray™s lack of knowledge of the Yankees ” he calls Braves games and TBS™s Sunday afternoon games ” is glaring on a national stage and creates a talent mismatch with his partner, Ron Darling, who is trying hard to maintain the high level of commentary he offers on Mets games on SNY.
But Chip Caray is not Gary Cohen, and there is little SNY-like fun or chemistry in the TBS booth.
How brutally bad has Caray been? For the first time in my many years of <strike>tolerating</strike> watching Yankee games, I opted for John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. On purpose. At least until I remembered I could get the KSTP feed on the internet.