I hate a lot of things, but no more so than people who can’t read. Getting tired of Bob Brenly’s awful shtick and hating Bob Brenly are two different things. I’m aware that Bob is more aware of metrics than a lot of old ballplayers are. I’m aware that he and Len developed good chemistry in their years in Chicago. Hell, Bob even gave Soriano credit where credit was due, which is more than I can say for most Soriano-haters. Plus, he looks vaguely like Jim Essian. But I’m not sad to see him go. Len is going to develop good chemistry with the next guy. Len is still going to talk about advanced metrics. And now we can listen to a broadcast without someone grumbling about the “good old days.” Maybe it’s because I taught high school for a couple of years and had to get over my OWN “that’s not the way I used to do it, so it’s clearly wrong” mentality, but it got really old listening to Bob gripe about things HE thought were stupid every. Single. Time. I don’t care if Starlin Castro wears his sunglasses on top of his hat. He’s 20. If he thinks it looks cool, bully for him. And Bob’s marital advice “joke” was as played out as Steve Stone’s picking-up-the-check “joke.” I wish the best for Bob, and it’s certainly possible that the next guy will be a disaster, but it’s not like any of us are going to watch more than 2-3 games next year, anyhow.
Thanks for the four memories of the different things you said.
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