This story may be performed just about each season, and it’s so fucking drained, however but you possibly can’t assist however be shocked at its regularity. Bob Brenly complains about trendy baseball in a not-all-that-vaguely racist manner. Final night time’s goal was Marcus Stroman:
Stroman, as you may think, wasn’t precisely thrilled with Brenly’s joke, as a result of he is aware of precisely the place it comes from. Labeling them “undertones” might be too honest from Stroman, as a result of they weren’t all that “below.” It’s only a subheading of, “That’s not my America” with “That’s not the baseball I keep in mind,” tone that Brenly is setting right here. Stroman doesn’t conform to the imaginative and prescient Brenly has for the sport, and that imaginative and prescient is distinctly mayonnaise-slathered. It’s a pining for the way in which issues was, a time Brenly is extra snug with, and it’s a time that we seemingly need to preserve repeating at ear-splitting quantity, that handed way back.
However that is nothing new for Brenly, who has been bitching about Latin or Black gamers not hustling or doing issues he doesn’t understand to be a part of the sport. His recreation. Folks like him’s recreation. Cubs followers can regale you with dozens of cases of Brenly bitching about Aramis Ramirez or Alfonso Soriano not hustling in a manner he thought was correct, however there appeared to be little touch upon Ryan Theriot’s full incapacity to grasp the principles of the sport.
Or there was this about Fernando Tatis:
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Or right here was final 12 months when he veered from his racist jokes to crusty baseball principle that matches higher on the planet of hockey:
Or right here he’s going nuclear on Manny Machado as a result of that was a simple out for therefore many not so way back.
That is hardly the whole checklist. Any D-Backs watcher, or Cubs watcher from the 2000s, is aware of that Brenly’s rants about how the sport must be performed or what’s unsuitable on the sector is barely aimed toward gamers who simply occur to not be white.
The one cause we have now to place up with Brenly is as a result of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling each landed on him in 2001, and regardless of Brenly’s finest efforts, the Diamondbacks gained the World Sequence anyway. It must be famous that Arizona by no means gained a playoff recreation below Brenly once more, and regardless of utilizing his pulpit behind the mic as an opportunity to pine for one more job for years, he’s by no means gotten one. He’s one of many few dolts that even MLB found out didn’t have to be recycled, although his lieutenant Bob Melvin has been among the finest managers round for some time now with the A’s. Humorous how that works. So who actually ran that 2001 Arizona staff?
At any time when baseball desires to get round to determining why its reputation retains sinking like a submarine fabricated from graham crackers, it’ll discover that those that current the sport are shitheads like Brenly. They’re both pining for a recreation way back that didn’t contain some other races however their very own, or they’re actively shitting on it like John Smoltz. Why would anybody who didn’t develop up with the sport and have it ingrained in them need to put up with it?
Brenly will at most need to learn a ready on-air apology that he’ll barely consider in and barely promote, and the Diamondbacks will march on as if it by no means occurred. Apparently 2001, even 20 years later when most of these followers are most likely lifeless by now (it’s Arizona in any case), nonetheless carries plenty of weight round there. Brenly will get to maintain fucking up and being an asshole, and but he stays in his seat.