Video: Joe West, Entire City Lose Respective Minds

Nominally, this is a WGN sports report from July of 1991. In reality, it’s a case study in what can happen when man is stripped of his civilizing influences.

Annotations follow, with time-elapsed marks.

0:00 — Video begins with frightening ghost-person* looking directly into soul of viewer. (*Direct translation from German.)

0:08 — Anchorman uses words “rock and roll” in manner befitting of his era.

0:10 — Festive collared t-shirt!

0:22 — Soccer player, for some reason, jogs behind correspondent at Wrigley Field.

0:44 — “Oop, that’s the wrong tape.”

0:56 — Joe West assumes the position.

1:04 — Joe West resumes the position.

1:11 — Andre Dawson experiments with look he calls the “I Just Killed Your Family.”

1:16 — Bat-tossing!

1:23 — Bat-tossing!

1:30 — Joe West experiments with look he calls “The Horrible Child.”

1:34 — Bat-tossing!

1:40 — Commence cheerful littering.

1:56 — Rob Dibble does legitimately strange thing.

2:01 — Unusually incisive commentary regarding Rob Dibble’s mental health.

2:31 — Andre Dawson gives brief tutorial on how to properly groom and wear a mustache.

2:47 — Andre Dawson distinguishes himself among ballplayers for using adverb.

3:28 — Andre Dawson articulates something particular about Joe West.

4:20 — Phrase “mighty Toronto Blue Jays” uttered without irony.

4:27 — Hawk Harrelson’s voice happens.

Deep, prostrating bow to reader/ubermensch glassSheets.



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Graves
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I love how calm and collected the rest of the bench looks whilst he’s chucking bats.

Josh Amaral
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Josh Amaral

Cool shirt dude.

bill
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bill

Blue jays actually were mighty in 91.. won the division lost to Mini in the finals. Would win the world series the next year.

Navin Vaswani
Guest

Best.

PG
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PG

Joe West is a clown.

And the Blue Jays were the East division champions in 1991. They were pretty mighty. I don’t see why there would be any irony.

André
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André

It would ironic if they were called mighty in 2011.

glassSheets
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glassSheets

According to Wikipedia, in his $1000 check to pay his fine, Andre Dawson included in the memo portion of his check “Donation to the blind”

jwb
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jwb

Milton Bradley needs to work out more. Andre Dawson got much better distance when cleaned out a bat rack.

suicide squeeze
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Member
suicide squeeze

I got to see Joe West eject someone in person yesterday. It was a sort of religious experience.

phoenix2042
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phoenix2042

COMMENCE CHEERFUL LITTERING!

jwb
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jwb

I hadn’t really thought about it, but I had assumed that the WGN sports guy was this guy. Obviously not.

jwb
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jwb

“this guy” and “not” are links to former Cubs utility infielder Dan Rohn.

Remus
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Remus

this was 20 years ago…

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