Just when you thought it was safe to like the Reds broadcasters

I have no problem with what Brandon Phillips did last August.   He is a professional baseball player and he ran his mouth off to the press.  He also backed his words with his play – not so good in 2010, pretty darned good in 2011.   He is not responsible for the things that happened to Jason La Rue.

Last night, we were treated to an interesting interview by a pair of WLW broadcasters, including Hall of Famer, Marty Brennaman.  Thanks to our friends at KMOX Radio in St. Louis,  you can listen to it here.  If not, here is a transcript of what was said.

The grounds crew did an incredible job, despite what that whiner
and excuse maker Chris Carpenter complained about the mound and
the smoke after the fireworks.

Travis Wood didn't.

You know, it's always something when they come in here.

Yeah, that's a line that Joe Pettini laid on the media, that
every time they come in here, it's always something with that

Oh really ?

You might be the most disliked team in baseball and it's always
the other team ?


It was interesting Tony La Russa's take on what happened
yesterday.  He's back in uniform tonight.  They're back home
playing the Phillies.

He said he had no issue at all with the pitch that Cordero
threw that hit Albert Pujols in the wrist.

And his take was that there was no way they were going to
purposely put Pujols on and have to deal with  Matt Holliday
and Lance Berkman.

But you couldn't tell that to Joe Pettini, or catcher
Gerald Laird or that infantile pitching coach, Dave Duncan.

Wow.  Just wow.

In all fairness to Brennaman, he was not the only one speaking in the radio segment.  I don’t think he said the line that will upset most Cardinals fans – “most hated team in all of baseball”.   But he did make the comments about Chris Carpenter and Dave Duncan, and that’s enough for me to award him the …..


This is the type of exchange I’d expect on some small, edgy, “say anything to get some listeners” type of local sports radio station, not a clear channel legend like WLW, and certainly not from a Hall of Fame broadcaster.   WLW is an institution, as are KMOX and WGN.  It will be interesting to see if anything more is said about this segment.

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16 Responses to Just when you thought it was safe to like the Reds broadcasters

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  4. Timothy Reynolds says:

    Big Reds fan here, in Cincinnati, and just heard Marty talking about this and YES, there was more. He’s actually honored and not insulted. Marty is a clown, a GREAT clown and he’s made it known many a time over the last 9 years (I’m 22) that I’ve listened to the Reds. Think you’re insulting Reds fans and Marty with this picture? Nope. 🙂 He’s a great announcer and has earned this latest award given to him, “The Broadcasting Clown”
    A most wonderful job to whoever did this.


    • Thanks for the comment Timothy.

      I imagine that you have to have a pretty thick skin, and be comfortable in it, to do what guys like Brennaman do for a living. I certainly couldn’t do it.

      I’m glad that you like your announcer. I have a soft spot for Mike Shannon, watching him as a player and seeing illness take away the end of his career. He says some of the darnedest things, but he’s ours, so we love him.


  5. bigtimetimmyjim says:

    I’m just glad the Reds properly rubbed down the balls with mud prior to the game and Travis Wood didn’t have any foreign substance under his hat to inquire about. Then the Cardinals may have had something to complain about.


  6. Bob Orzon says:

    There has, in fact, never been a team that has complained as much about a baseball game than the St. Louis Cardinals. And there may have never been a player that has complained as much as Chris Carpenter. I was at the game he pitched and the groundscrew was out taking care of the field between nearly every half inning. In fact, they went out and were fixing the mound at least once before the Carpenter was set to pitch. As for the lingering smoke, the wind and humidity combined to pull it down to the field and immediately after there was the small pause for it to clear, they announced on the scoreboard that there would be no more fireworks for home runs the remainder of the game.


    • Since you offer that as a fact, do you mind sharing some of your research so that we can vet that out ? Yes, that is a rhetorical question, and no, I’m not expecting a reply.

      I don’t quite understand the fascination that some of the Reds fans have with Chris Carpenter, but that’s OK. I get that he is not everybody’s cup o’ joe, and at times he even gets a bit intense for us Cardinals fans too. But I don’t get the hatred.

      Not quite sure why folks are taking exception to Carpenter waiting for the smoke to clear after giving up the home run. It did make it a bit difficult for his outfielders, and I’m sure a Reds pitcher would have done the same thing.

      Thanks for the comment, and taking the time to read the blog.


  7. stan says:

    Who are some of the other Clown of the Week recipients?


    • Truthfully, Marty is the first. If I had been giving them out earlier, Alex Rodriguez for stepping on the pitchers mound on the way back to the dugout. That was just wrong.

      Albert Pujols might have gotten one last week when he lost track of the outs. Almost threw a 2 out ball away, which would have been terrible.

      I’m sure there are others, but if you spend some time trolling through my blog, you’ll see that I stick mostly to historical topics.

      Thanks for the question.


  8. Kathy says:

    Wow St.Louis you really HATE hearing the truth dont ‘cha ?!


  9. Bert Blyleven says:

    You should have called it the “Ass-Clown Of The Week,” maybe Brennaman would’ve gotten it through his skull. Also, the title would’ve been far more relevant. Has there ever been a more over-rated broadcaster? He’s the anti-Jack Buck (and his kid is the anti-Joe Buck…Joe Buck is a talentless hack who got everything he has in life thanks to his DNA. Thom Brennaman…well, suffice it to say that the guy must take after his mom. And I mean that in a good way).


    • Thanks Mark (I presume it’s Mark and not really Bert Blyleven) 🙂

      I thought about that for a while, but stuck with just clown to keep my G rating. Don’t want any parents blocking me from their youngster’s daily reading 🙂

      I never got the attraction for Marty Brennaman, but I didn’t grow up in Reds territory. I was fortunate to get both Harry Caray and Jack Buck in their prime. They were something special.

      Appreciate the comment, and thanks for reading.


  10. Murph says:

    The incredulous outrage act is really getting old from the Cardinals and their fans. Seriously, if you don’t enjoy being called whiners, the best thing for you to do is to stop whining. It’s like a headline from The Onion: Cardinals Whine in Reaction to Being Called Whiners. I think this is one of those things that tends to trickle down from the top. The players and fans take their cues from Tony La Russa, who never passes up an opportunity to whine and play the victim. His reaction to the Brennaman comments are par for the course. Just let it go. Brennaman is a radio broadcaster whose audience is 95% Reds fans, it’s not like his comments went out on ESPN or Fox. Marty has always been opinionated and I don’t always agree with him. But he’s right on the money here, and a rational Cards fan with some perspective has to admit there is more than a grain of truth to his comments.


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  12. dryheave24 says:

    Show me the Carpenter quote whining about the mound last series. You can’t, because it doesn’t exist. Just groundskeeping maintenance that he may or may not have asked for. The newsflash is: It’s been a stormy, wet spring and even if he did ask for work on the mound, that wouldn’t be out of line. It happens in baseball. I realize you may not know that, though, just hopping on the bandwagon last year and all.
    The next “Onion(rag)” headline could be: Reds Whine About Cardinals Whining. See how easy it is to play? Move on, stop obsessing about us and creating imaginary Cardinal slights.


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