M's broadcasters -- senile?
It's been my belief that for a few years now, Ron Fairly and Dave Niehaus have suffered--as though veterans of horrific warfare--from the Mariners' patheticness, and have thus developed slight, reactive forms of mental degeneration due to PTSD.
Witness Munchausen's fear and loathing of Ron Fairly's favorite catch phrase, "that of."
And just think of the craziness that has come out of Dave Niehaus's mouth.
The game versus Cleveland last Friday night was electric for both, with two typically ridiculous comments occurring within the span of a few minutes in the eighth inning--(the inning of the decisive meltdown by the M's pitching staff.)
"Thome likes to pull the ball more than that of Hafner."
Ron Fairley, 9:31 p.m.
WTF? That doesn't make any sense. Fairly utters these grammatical miscues more than that of George W. Bush.
"George Sherrill, with the way he has his beard, could be a young Ulysses S. Grant."I suppose... How many of us have really seen photos--or even Daguerrotypes--of the young "Hero of Appomattox" anyway?
Dave Niehaus, 9:34 p.m. (who subsequently snickered, "probably, being from Tennessee, George would not appreciate that comment.")
Anyhow, overall I think both Niehaus and Fairly are doing better this season than they have in the past couple. Occassionally, though, they continue to plague listeners' ears with their unfortunate verbal idiosyncratic tendencies.