One of the great all-time World Series performances was turned in last night in San Francisco. A performance that will go down in the ages and be remembered for generations and generations to come. We will tell our grandchildren, who will tell their grandchildren, who will tell their grandchildren about Game 1 of the 2012 World Series because of the heroics of this man.
What, you thought I was talking about Pablo Sandoval?
Of course not! I'm talking about Tim McCarver!!!
Wednesday night's opening game of the World Series was quintessential McCarver. His Barry Manilow line will certainly go down in MLB postseason lore, right along his legendary spelling of the word "strike." But, that is only scratching the surface of McCarver's magic. These are just a few of the McCarver quotes that flooded our Twitter timeline last night:
"Two fastballs that travelled a combined 190 miles per hour. 95 miles per hour each."
"I just said Pandoval. I combined Sandoval and Panda. I think I should coin that."
"If you can throw strikes that look like balls, and balls that look like strikes, that's the right formula."
"There are very few pitchers that are team oriented."
That last quote got under the skin of at least one Major League pitcher. Royals pitcher Danny Duffy didn't take too kindly to McCarver's blanket assessment and even retweeted a message proclaiming crazed Royals analyst Rex Hudler as being better than Tim McCarver. I don't know if even I'm willing to go that far...
Tim Mccarver: "there are very few pitchers that are team oriented" are you outside your mind?— Danny Duffy (@dduffkc23) October 25, 2012
Ive made the educated decision to watch the rest of the World Series on mute.. #comeatmebro— Danny Duffy (@dduffkc23) October 25, 2012
@dduffkc23 Rex Hudler >>>>>> Tim McCarver— Shea Dawson (@sdiggitydaws) October 25, 2012
Hahahahah.. What can you do but laugh.. That legit upset me though.. Pretty sure id die for every single one of my guys. #Royals— Danny Duffy (@dduffkc23) October 25, 2012
And while we're at it and this is Real Tweets from Real People, we have to include some of the best Tim McCarver tweets from last night from around the Twitterverse...
Tim McCarver is not afraid to embrace his inner cornball— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 25, 2012
Up and in/Down and away= the same thing according to Tim McCarver.— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson49) October 25, 2012
AND NOW, THE FOURTH AND FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BETWEEN JOE BUCK AND TIM MCCARVER.— Not Buster Olney (@TrippingOlney) October 24, 2012
did tim mccarver just try to pretend barry bonds didn't exist, or did he really forget? that was weird.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) October 25, 2012
I wonder how long Tim McCarver stood in the San Francisco zoo's panda habitat last night trying to get a post game interview. #MLB— Brendon (@DaBarbs) October 25, 2012
Tim McCarver sounds like that uncle that everyone just tolerates and politely smiles at his non-sequitur comments. #WorldSeries— Doug Bensing (@dougbensing) October 25, 2012
The FOXtoberfest continues from AT&T Park. Stand by for the Barry Manilow / Tim McCarver concert.— Mike Montfort (@mmontfort) October 25, 2012
What will Tim McCarver do for an encore in Game 2? We can only hope the powers that be allow him and Barry Manilow to sing God Bless America together. I wonder what the San Francisco fans would chant then...
I feel awful for Joe Buck. How badly must he have wanted to call him out more than he did. I believe I heard his eyes roll twice!
mute button. it's the only way. bonus - none of the repetitive, inane commercials will infect your earholes.
Sports Illustrated just released an article about how Joe Buck is the best in the game at his job... and one of the expert opinions quoted? Tim McCarver.
And that is one of the many reasons nobody reads SI anymore.
I had my TV on mute for most of the game, in order to try protecting my sanity. In a brief moment, that seemed like an eternity, I heard McCarver expressing his amazement that the first base coach was actually paying attention to Pagan's freaky groundball that hit third base, and had the incredible foresight to tell Pagan to go to second! Um, isn't that why the first base coach is there!? McCarver sounded like no base coach in baseball history ever did anything like this before. My TV will remain on mute this evening.
My personal favorite was how Verlander's high fast ball was impossible to hit, and then watch Sandoval crush it about 17seconds latera.