The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame both announced significant inductions today.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released its class of 2012, which include Guns N’ Roses and Beastie Boys, along with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, The Faces and others. Good job, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Those are worthy inductees to this quasi-legitimate institution!
The Baseball Hall of Fame named Tim McCarver the winner of its 2012 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence.
I respect both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Both make questionable decisions and both take themselves far too seriously, but both make for an enjoyable day at the museum and both do a good job of keeping the historical record for their respective pastimes.
Beastie Boys and Guns N’ Roses are both no-brainer inductees, despite having fewer than ten combined good albums between them. But their influence and the astonishing highs of their peaks demand their inclusion. Tim McCarver is a different kind of no-brainer.
The Ford C. Frick Award has been won by such luminaries as Vin Scully, Mel Allen, Marty Brennaman and Jack Buck. Adding McCarver’s name to that list is like watching Creed give their acceptance speech at the Rock Hall induction ceremony (“We accept this honor with arms wide open…”). Like seeing Willie Bloomquist’s plaque erected in Cooperstown (“For his exquisite grit, for the incomparable milky white tone of his skin…”).
Do you think he earned the award for this thing he said during this year’s World Series?
“It’s a five-letter word: S-T-R-I-K-E.”
That quote manages to encapsulate what’s so hateful about McCarver: the combination of didacticism with extreme stupidity.
Tim McCarver is living proof that in sports broadcasting, ability has no correlation with prominence or longevity. Together with the dead-eyed Joe Buck, McCarver has been a plague on national baseball telecasts as long as any of us can remember.
It’s too much. It’s all too much.
Who’s next? Joe Morgan? Hawk Harrelson? Rick Sutcliffe?
From one Hall of Fame to another, this one goes out to the Ford C. Frick nominating committee in all their wisdom: