It’s time. It’s been a while since my last complaint about Tom McCarthy, after all.
The Phillies organization did us a favor when they found other pastures for Chris Wheeler and Sarge. It was good that they left the TV booth, addition by subtraction, as they say.
But why they also didn’t clear house totally just boggles the mind.
It’s hard to know where to start one’s list of McCarthy Annoyances:
We could start with his constant talking. McCarthy is not like Franzke and L.A., who would be fun to spend time with. I love their banter. I love everything about them. Tom McCarthy? No. I like when he gives the very rare moment of silence, and yearn for more such moments.
Of course there is his truly awful laugh, and the high screech of his voice. (Please…someone tell him to moderate the level of his voice. Lower…is good.) There is his smirk. There is the way he elongates the final ‘s’s of words. There is his inability to tell if a ball is going yard or not. He makes them sound like they’re going out – and it annoys me no end when he does that, and then the ball is caught anyhow. There is the way he fills the time with endless facts, just like Wheeler did.
There are the inaccuracies, too, in his play by play, like his call of pitch types, etc.
But the worst is his constant spiel of facts, his voice an endless high-timbered deluge of information, so very much of it unneeded. Oh, if he’d just let the sounds of the game be heard. We don’t NEED you to tell us he swung and missed. We saw it. It’s television, not radio. We don’t NEED you to tell us every fact your fact finder digs up.
I like to hear what Matt Stairs has to say. He was a good player, and I respect his opinions. But McCarthy? No.
So please, Phillies Organization, please complete the house cleaning and get rid of McCarthy. Maybe he is a really nice guy – but he is NOT suited for play by play of a major league team.