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Today is legendary second baseman/legendarily “stubborn and unreasonable” baseball announcer Joe Morgan’s 68th birthday. And what better way to celebrate your big day than have a video of you doing the Chicken Dance in front of a large Oktoberfest crowd make the internet rounds? We’ve been huge fans of this development ever since it was first announced, so having the video out there delights us to no end. And credit where it’s due: he seems decently into it. So nice work, Joe, and happy birthday. You were a way better sport about this than you were about statistical analysis in baseball. [Big League Stew via Eye on Baseball]
According to this link, the story comes to us from the Cincinnati Enquirer, so give them the credit. Sure, by nature of what it describes, the headline’s a can’t-miss…but it just comes together so beautifully.
Former ESPN Announcer Jon Miller “Congratulates” Colleague With Passive-Aggressive Screed About Getting Fired From ESPN
When news leaked last November that ESPN was going with a new Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team, it was treated by most as a cause for celebration, mostly because it meant no more Joe Morgan. Not everyone was happy, though.
With Joe Morgan no longer active, AwfulAnnouncing.com is looking for someone to fill his spot on its Mt. Rushmore of bad broadcasting.
Alan Hirsch is a nice guy. He struck us as one, anyway, when we corresponded with him about a new book he co-authored, The Beauty of Short Hops. Too bad…we’d have loved to hate it more.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch released his “Media Awards for 2010″ on Tuesday, and as I usually do when this list comes out, I scanned for the negative stuff.
It’s a day long awaited by many – the announcing team of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan is done calling ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The network is offering to keep Miller on to do radio work, while Morgan’s contract was not renewed.