Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hi, Hello and Welcome: Part Eleven (Leftover Edition)

Since Jay Bruce was only good enough to hit .333 in his second career game, meaning he obviously stinks, let me move on to more important matters. Like George Grande.

He went overboard during the weekend series in San Diego, but an 18-inning game and Bruce's promotion kept me from getting around to it. Anyway, in case you missed it...

He called Padres manager Bud Black "Buddy Black" somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 times in a four-game series.

Listen, Bud Black was playing a little over a decade ago, and he was a semi-prominent player in his day. Since then, he's been a fairly well known coach (and now manager). We've heard his name said a billion times and never once was it anything other than Bud.

Bud is already the man's nickname, George. If his parents wanted to call him Buddy, they would have nicknamed him Buddy.

Grande is so obsessed with nicknaming every player that he makes up nicknames for players who already have nicknames.

This would be like calling Babe Ruth "Babe-ster," because simply calling him "Babe" wouldn't be conversational enough.

George Grande, your Reds television announcer since 1993!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Brad Spieser (