Incompetent clowns

DMZ · May 4, 2006 at 1:30 pm · Filed Under General baseball 

Go to the minor league baseball site’s audio page.

Go back to the May 3rd page.
Pick the “Oklahoma RedHawks @ Round Rock Express” game.
Fast forward to the 1 hour, 47 minute mark.
Listen. It’ll take a minute or two of neccessary exposition before you get to the good stuff.


34 Responses to “Incompetent clowns”

  1. Smegmalicious on May 4th, 2006 1:46 pm

    Oh man…how do you even find this crap?

    How can this be possible? Who are these replacement umps anyway? Where did they find them?

  2. Lonin on May 4th, 2006 1:46 pm

    Haha, classic.

    Just for clarification, it’s at the 1 hour 47 minute mark, not the 1 minute 47 second like I initially thought.

  3. Smegmalicious on May 4th, 2006 1:49 pm

    Oh man, it just doesn’t end! I can’t believe this! How to they count the run? You can’t score during an umpire conference.

  4. Lonin on May 4th, 2006 1:56 pm

    OMG, he just called upon… “The Decider”

  5. gumbostu on May 4th, 2006 1:56 pm

    I love how the announcer just rips into the ump, calls him fat, calls him a clown and whatnot. It’s great.

  6. msb on May 4th, 2006 1:58 pm

    my favorite line: “incompetence should not be a reason to keep an inning going”

  7. Smegmalicious on May 4th, 2006 1:58 pm

    This goes from 1:47-2:05 at least. I mean thats when play resumes. Wow.

  8. pdb on May 4th, 2006 1:58 pm

    Just for clarification, it’s at the 1 hour 47 minute mark,

    Phew. Thought I was insane when i was listening to the 1 minute 47 second mark and couldn’t figure out anything that was wrong…I finally found the right spot, this is classic.

  9. msb on May 4th, 2006 1:59 pm

    I love the description of the manager’s outburst:

    “That’s when Moore went to discuss the matter with the umpires, who later summoned the RedHawks back onto the field. Scott moved to first on what was ruled a strikeout and a wild pitch, and Garcia was placed at third.

    For a moment the scoreboard showed Round Rock with a 1-0 advantage, and it was around that time when Ireland came roaring out of the dugout and straight into the faces of the umpires. He was almost instantly ejected as he kicked dirt onto the umpires shoes and then onto home plate. Eventually, Ireland made his way to the visitors clubhouse, wiping out the chalk line delineating the third-base and left-field line on his way there.

    The run was later taken off of the scoreboard, and the game resumed after about 18 minutes of Ireland and a RedHawks coach confronting the umpires.”

  10. Lonin on May 4th, 2006 2:00 pm

    Pretty much ends at 2:07

  11. Mr. Egaas on May 4th, 2006 2:20 pm

    I hope the announcer listens to himself and knows how much of a douchebag he sounds like.

  12. D. James Corcoran on May 4th, 2006 2:29 pm

    this is the most ridiculos thing I’ve ever heard. I love it.

  13. ClifHeartIchiro on May 4th, 2006 2:33 pm

    This is what drunken minor league baseball fans dream of. This is like a good 20 minutes of justified heckling.

  14. revbill on May 4th, 2006 2:38 pm

    I like when he starts to call them counting the run as “the biggest travesty of all time” before correcting himself and saying “in my time calling baseball.”

  15. C. Joseph on May 4th, 2006 2:44 pm


  16. basebliman on May 4th, 2006 2:44 pm

    This is hilarious! I love it. So what if this guy goes a little overboard? This goes down with the likes Casey Kasem’s tantrum.

  17. Adam S on May 4th, 2006 3:11 pm

    So did the umpires blow the call? I wasn’t sure what the announcer thought.

    DMZ, how did you come across this one?

  18. Jimmie the Geek on May 4th, 2006 3:19 pm

    The Replacements were one of the best bands of the ’80s. Looks like the replacement Minor League umps aren’t so hot. Dang!

    Jimmie the Geek

  19. shirts on May 4th, 2006 3:23 pm

    Doesn’t “necessary” have only one “c”?

  20. Joey on May 4th, 2006 3:35 pm

    This is too rad.

  21. PositivePaul on May 4th, 2006 3:36 pm


    This is so freakin’ funny, it’s not funny!

    Makes Doug Eddings look like Albert Einstein.

  22. pensive on May 4th, 2006 3:46 pm

    [deleted, incoherent]

  23. davepaisley on May 4th, 2006 3:51 pm


    That’s unpossible.

  24. shortbus on May 4th, 2006 5:12 pm

    #11 I think the announcer’s tone is fine given the situation. The ump, by accepting the ball, implicitly called the play dead and the inning over. What was the catcher supposed to do? Mug the dimwitted ump to get the ball back?

    I personally prefer announcers who will let you know what they really think on occasion…like last night when Niehaus made it obvious he’s as tired of the Everyday Eddie Fireworks Display as we are.

  25. edpellon on May 4th, 2006 5:15 pm

    As the man said “this is just minor league baseball…” – great stuff. I wish we could get more of this kind of commentary at the major league level – it would make Ms games easier to listen too…

  26. Evan on May 4th, 2006 5:40 pm

    “All in all, this has been fun.”

  27. matt2500 on May 4th, 2006 5:42 pm

    What struck me was the almost resigned tone of the announcer when the umpires huddled. This is a man who has seen FAR too many bad calls by replacement umps.

  28. jwz on May 4th, 2006 7:13 pm

    I nominate this announcer as the IMMEDIATE replacement for Rizzie. Tells is like it is, doesn’t beat around the bush, and not one “-ie” name in the whole time.

  29. Shizane on May 4th, 2006 8:53 pm

    You gotta love Phil Collins’ “Misunderstanding” playing in the background during the umpire discussion……seriously good stuff.

  30. Sane on May 5th, 2006 4:55 am

    That announcer rules.

  31. MedicineHat on May 5th, 2006 10:46 am

    The announcer finally gets it right at the end….when he says, “next time they should just throw the ball to first base.”

    These ARE professional players, after all. If you leave the decision to humans, there will be errors. Make the right play, and you don;t have to worry about it. The blame goes squarely on the catcher 1st. Then you can talk about the umpires making the wrong call. If the catcher does his job, though, the play is over.

  32. strike3 on May 5th, 2006 3:20 pm

    This announcer’s name is Jim Byers, and it’s worth knowing that he has been an official. He used to work minor league hockey games. That’s why he’s so critical of these “fat clowns.”

  33. John in NV on May 6th, 2006 2:45 pm

    I love “other than that things are goin’ real well here.”

  34. John in NV on May 6th, 2006 2:48 pm

    “Let’s just play the stupid game.”

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