No alternative to the Brennamen today. No opposing team radio. No TV. No internet video.
In the bottom of the second, Joey Votto struck out. Marty Brennaman dutifully cranks up his rising-pitch alarm voice about how many times Votto has struck out this spring. There’s pretty solid evidence that spring training performance isn’t terribly correlated to regular season performance. But fair enough.
Then, under his breath, Brennaman said in a sarcastic manner: And he’d also tell you that striking out is better than an RBI.
It took a minute to find words to describe that twisted, insulting nonsense. It’s also hard to comprehend how that idea could rattle through his creaky mind, let alone that he wouldn’t have enough of a filter not to say it aloud. But it slipped into the broadcast.
Reds fans apparently have to put up with it, though, as along as Brennaman wants to go on. How can a professional organization tolerate one of their employees, the voice of their organization, making such derogatory statements about their best player? How can that possibly be good for their business?
Look, I know that Marty Brennaman is popular with many of you. Rightfully so. I grew up in Cincinnati during the 70s and like others, loved the Marty and Joe broadcasts. But I sure don’t remember him ever criticizing Reds players like this, especially in such an ill-informed manner. It’s heartbreaking to hear what he has become. I wish he’d stick to just calling the game and telling stories. He’s still plenty good at that.
I exercised my freedom of choice by turning the broadcast off. I’ll read about the game later. And I suspect that being critical of Marty Brennaman may make a few of you less likely to read what I have to say. So be it. Free country.
But Marty Brennaman has crossed so far over the line of good judgment that he’s lost sight of his job, which is to describe the play-by-play action of Cincinnati Reds baseball games. Not to systematically and unfairly attack the team’s franchise player.