McCarthy has worn out his welcome with a lot of fansThe other night I was listening the the Phillies game while at the gym and on the treadmill. I was listening to a batter that had just struck out 4 times and quickly Tom McCarthy jumped at the chance to make Gary ‘Sarge’ Matthews look bad. McCarthy asked Sarge how many times did he strike out 4 times in a game. Gary said, “I don’t remember any times that I struck out 4 times in a game.” Undaunted, Tom McCarthy pressed on, he kept hounding Matthews about it, and suddenly he said, well now 20 people are looking it up in the press booth. A few minutes went by and then McCarthy crowed like a guy who was so happy to announce that Sarge had struck out 4 times in a game four different times! He went on and on about it, even continuing the conversation with Chris Wheeler. It’s not just those kind of comments that make me dislike McCarthy, it’s his overall approach to announcing games.
A friend of mine at work just this week told me how much he disliked McCarthy’s style when we were discussing the Phillies game that was played the night before. I suddenly found that I am not alone in noticing that McCarthy needs to go away. I wrote a column in this blog last year and it said essentially that McCarthy isn’t a guy that sounds like he’s on the same side as the Phillies.
There is a reason the Mets let him go after a short time with them after McCarthy left the Phillies a couple years ago when he was a radio guy who did the pregame and postgame shows. Baseball announcers usually stay with a team for years and years, and the Mets sending McCarthy packing sends a big signal. Your own home team’s fans want to hear someone who is sympathetic to a club who may be going through a rough time, not someone who sounds like he has glee in his voice. So many times it sounds like McCarthy is pulling for the other team, and it's ridiculous to be paid by the Phillies to sound like a turncoat.
Here’s another McCarthyism, the other night in Washington DC, a thunderstorm blew into the stadium area and actually caused the Phillies background banner in the television booth to blow out of control and wrap around Gary Matthews while he and McCarthy were on the air. Tom’s response, he started laughing at Sarge and couldn’t stop as the camera panned into the booth and caught the whole scene on tv. Sarge shot back at McCarthy, “You’re that kind of guy” in reference to him laughing at the whole situation. This isn’t the way a guy who’s on your broadcast booth is supposed to act. I don’t think Sarge is amused by the antics of McCarthy at all. Phillies fans respect Sarge and they don’t want someone trying to make him look foolish at a joke’s expense
I can’t stand to listen to McCarthy most of the time, if you’ve never noticed how strange he sounds sometimes, listen in a little closer and you’ll hear what a lot of fans already know…McCarthy should go.
Update: 2011 - Tom has turned his game around and really improved towards the end of last season in 2010. He's not all that bad to listen to, maybe he took some of the constructive criticism and improved upon it. He's not nearly as negative as he used to be...