Daily Archives: March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011

Why I Miss Steve Stewart

On the drive home from work today, I tuned into 700 WLW to catch the end of the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately, contrary to the musical tagline, the Reds were not on the radio.

I fired up the MLB At Bat 2011 app on my iPhone in the off chance that the Royals had a feed available, and they did. As I listened, the broadcaster’s voice sounded familiar. Why, yes, that’s Steve Stewart, the broadcaster the Reds hired to fill in for Joe Nuxhall.

I always enjoyed him; he always had one good punny moment each broadcast. But the game was already in the 7th. Surely I’d missed the Steve Stewart-ism.

No. No, I hadn’t.

Devin Mesoraco stepped into the batter’s box. Stewart announced him and said, “If Mesoraco ever has a son and names him after Rocco Baldelli, he’ll be Rocco Mesoraco.”

Oh, Steve.

March 8, 2011

Give Baker Points for Longevity

Yesterday Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times took a look at some of the all-time milestones that are due to be met and/or exceeded by managers this year. I’m no fan of how much love one Tony LaRussa gets in the article, but Dusty Baker gets his mention as well, so I figured it was worth a link.

The milestone in question is the 200th career meet-up between Baker and LaRussa (See? It’s always gotta be about TLR). That’s a lot of toothpicks and sunglasses. And despite it all–the base clogging comments and lineup malconstruction and veteran love–I still think we’ve got the better end of the match up, if only because, after all these years, Baker complains a whole lot less.