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Eck? What are they paying you for?

Alright, this has been on my mind for a while, but now that I'm back into the blog thing, I said to myself, "Hey, Wally, you should write about that." Wow. Me advise me well.

Ok, so this is an amazingly dated gripe. So what... In the preseason, Dennis Eckersley, one of NESN's gaggle of awful Tom Caron studio sidekicks (see note below), talked about how Dice-K was going to have to adjust to the size of the American baseball. Caron asked if Eck had checked out the Japanese version. "No". What? You're a hall of fame pitcher asked to comment about baseball on a team who's biggest off-season acquisition came from Japan. You should have had a ball shipped to you and then told the Nation all about what it felt like. You spent roughly 86 years throwing the thing. You should analyse the difference. That's your job! I still have yet to hear or read any firsthand analysis of what the difference is and what that really means. Yet, every "journalist" still refers to it as part of the Dice-K adjustment period. Come on guys & Amalie. Come on...

Side note: great players like Eck and Jim Rice are far worse than borderline players like Dave McCarty and Gary DiSarcina at talking baseball. That's why I'm so good at it: I was never good at playing. On the other hand, for the purposes of this argument, is McCarty a bad player (.242 career average, best year had 12 homers) or a great player (national player of the year at Stanford with a .420 average!)?


Anonymous said…
Couldn't disagree with you more about Eck in general -- though your specific point here is a good one ... the guy is the best post-game color guy ever: hilarious, insightful, and shockingly our household we actually stick around after the game to hear what Eck has to say on the nights he is in the booth -- DiSarcina/Rice/McCarty send us right to bed...

- M

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