Worst. HR Call. EVER.
First Jamie Campbell antagonized Jays fans by making a habit going bezerk with joy on opponent’s walk-off hits. Then I thought he had really raised the bar on terrible play-by-play calling when Alex Rios hit his first home run in months and he hardly raised an eyebrow: “This ball’s hit into the corner. It’s gone”.
But last night was just absurd. Vernon Wells hits a @#$@#$ grand slam his fourth game off the DL, which incidentally ends up single-handedly winning the game – and Jamie is so busy finishing his thought about a bad hop that happened earlier in the inning that everyone saw and nobody gives a flying crap about, that he only deigned to mention it as the ball was leaving the yard. While I wasn’t exactly relying on him to make that moment happen for me, if I was at the game with someone who kept babbling through that shot, I would slap him in the face. What’s next- maybe he’ll try to start the wave with two outs in the bottom of the ninth?!
While I’m being surly, I’d like to send a big, wet, sloppy, “you’re ridiculous” to anyone over 18 who has ever referred to A.J. burnett as a “.500 pitcher”, or cut him down to size for only ever having won 12 games in a season. Because A.J is now second in the league in wins, and way above .500 – but is pretty clearly having the worst season of his career (oh god, don’t mention K’s). Take his last three starts, in which he hasn’t really pitched that well, but evidently “just knew how to win” (i.e. get run support and/or have an absolutely amazing bullpen to bail you out). There have to be at least a couple of win zealots having a crisis of faith out there…Or wait- maybe it’s Cito’s divine influence?