What is wrong with the Orioles broadcasters?

May 9, 2007

Maybe they’ve all gone insane from the team sucking for so long (the Brewers certainly don’t seem to understand how to handle their new-found success!), but for whatever reason, the Baltimore Orioles broadcasters have been saying more than their share of idiotic things this season. In the wake of Gary Thorne’s dumb comments, now comes Rick Dempsey, who decided to make some tasteless and nonsensical jokes about the hitting slump of Jay Gibbons when Gibbons’ wife visited the booth during Saturday’s game to promote a domestic violence charity.

“Laura, will this kind of help Jay in the domestic violence area? If he doesn’t start getting a few more hits, you might grab him around the neck and rough him up a little bit,” Dempsey said, according to The Baltimore Sun. “[Is] this money going to go to help him a little bit with maybe some of the hospital bills or something like that?”

To that, Giuliani replied, “I don’t know, Rick. I don’t think I’m encouraging that. I’m definitely not …”

“Not going there?” Dempsey interjected.

“Not going there,” Giuliani replied.

“All right, I’ll domestically violate him if he doesn’t start getting some more hits,” Dempsey said, according to The Sun.

Video of this would be classic. The incident reminds me of the clueless Keith Hernandez.