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  1. I, Claudius.

    Comment by velvetglove99 — April 16, 2010 @ 9:01 am

  2. This, clearly, is your first experience with Gary Thorne. High dosages cause much more severe reactions.

    Comment by Mitch — April 16, 2010 @ 9:10 am

  3. The other reason you can tell Thorne’s halfway bright: he moved out of Maine. Must have attended U Maine-Orono.

    Comment by Tom — April 16, 2010 @ 9:11 am

  4. Here’s one particularly egregious example from 2008:

    Pitcher wins? Check.
    Unprepared? Check.
    Bad play by play? Check.

    I will NOT let you sucker people into thinking that O’s games are well announced.

    Comment by Mitch — April 16, 2010 @ 9:17 am

  5. Thorne is the rare announcer who will actually say, “If the new park is such a great idea, why haven’t they lined up all the financing privately (and turned away some disappointed would-be investors)?”

    Comment by Jim — April 16, 2010 @ 9:52 am

  6. I have to agree, usually the only stats Thorne has any use for are wins for pitchers, and batting average and RBIs for hitters. He’s already criticized Nick Markakis several times this year for taking so many walks since he needs to (and I’m paraphrasing) “swing the bat and get some RBIs”.

    Also, I believe the bunt discussion on this night referred to the fact that in the top of the 4th Zobrist got Tampa’s first hit off Matusz on a bunt single…

    Comment by Haze — April 16, 2010 @ 9:53 am

  7. To be fair, a lot of the supposed benefits of a new park accrue not to the stadium owner, but to the community at large (civic pride & neighborhood revitalization). I’m not saying those benefits are necessarily large enough to justify the public expenditure, but private investors are focused purely on the economics, which are surely against spending > $500m of unsubsidized funds on a building that is used less than 100 times per year and has enormous maintenance costs.

    Comment by Mitch — April 16, 2010 @ 10:40 am

  8. I watch a lot of O’s games and I agree that Thorne is exactly Bill James when it comes to Sabremetrics and he says dumb things from time to time, but I still think he is a decent play by play guy. If I want great analysis, I’ll read fangraphs. Thorne has a good voice for the role. He doesn’t distract from the game. I find he fades nicely into the background. I agree with Carson when he says he is the picture of competence. Thorne’s nothing spectacular, but he is decidedly above average.

    Comment by Bill — April 16, 2010 @ 11:19 am

  9. Samuel Deduno rules. I mean, just take a look at this awesome Bowman card of his – the dude’s holding a paper cup!

    Comment by Tim — April 16, 2010 @ 11:33 am

  10. Agreed. Thorne is one of the better play by play guys around. Great voice. Isn’t – for the most part – inane in his commentary. Much better than the other duo I have to deal with when watching Nats games.

    Comment by Andrew — April 16, 2010 @ 11:34 am

  11. “Staying hydrated is the best!”

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — April 16, 2010 @ 11:34 am

  12. I should note that I expressly WASN’T watching Romero’s no-hitter because it would’ve meant listening either to the Hawk or Buck Martinez.

    I don’t hate those guys the way I’d hate someone who stabbed me in the face, but it’s a fact: they make the game less fun for me.

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — April 16, 2010 @ 11:36 am

  13. I don’t either, but I hate those guys worse than I’d hate a guy who stabbed me in the ears, in which scenario I wouldn’t have any ears, but I wouldn’t have to listen to Hawk.

    Comment by The Hit Dog — April 16, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

  14. Yeah, maybe the O’s guys are alright, but never, ever watch the Nats on MASN. Really.

    Comment by TCQ — April 16, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

  15. Yeah, the Nats guys are terrible. I’m a Phillies fan who moved to Maryland recently and I was struck by how awful they were in the past two series. The color guy in particular sounds more like a(n ignorant) fan than a real announcer; I thought it was maybe because I grew up with Harry Kalas but it’s nice to see I’m not the only one who thinks they’re bad.

    Comment by Zach — April 16, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

  16. Isn’t the color guy Rob Dibble?

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — April 16, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

  17. I love Claudia’s. Captains’ chairs rule.

    Comment by Casey Singleton — April 21, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

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