Mike and the Dog have the day off, so the great Joe Beningo and the not-great Evan Roberts are filling in. One of the interesting dynamics of a New York station, especially the FAN, is that it’s not a given that the sports talk guys are Yankee fans. Beningo, in fact, hates the Yankees and is inconsolable when he feels an opponent has laid down for them.
So, today, he’s beside himself about what a “disgrace” the Red Sox have been, especially their pitchers and he and Roberts have simply been killing the Red Sox.
They’ve had a bad weekend, so there’s not much to say about the general point. But, in classic sports radio, over-the-top hyperbole, Beningo and Roberts keep outdoing themselves, and they’ve only been on the air for twenty minutes.
Among the Red Sox they’re attacking is Jonathan Papelbon. Beningo said that the dominant young closer would back in the minors next year and Beningo and Roberts both agree that he totally choked, with Roberts describing him as “not exactly throwing strikes.”
Roberts also said about Beckett: “go back to Florida, where the games don’t mean anything”
It’s bizarre to listen to two guys who are this far out of touch with reality.
Let’s briefly review:
1 - Papelbon pitched two innings last night. He came into the game in the top of the eighth with the bases loaded and no one out and, facing Giambi, Arod, Cano, and Posada, allowed only a sac fly. In two innings, he walked one and struck out five. Papelbon threw 42 pitches, 28 for strikes, an excellent ratio. On what planet does that not constitute “throwing strikes?”
2 - As for Beckett – does pitching a complete game shutout to clinch the 2003 World Series not qualify as pitching in a meaningful game?
Yeesh, this is atrocious stuff, even by sports radio’s standards.