Joe Morgan Insults Ernie Banks, Is An Idiot

Joe Morgan: Fact Checker Extraordinaire

6/24/08 in Media   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


Joe Morgan, master of subjective trivia, is once again doing stupid things.

As some of you may know, Morgan has a tendency to - how do I say this - completely make stuff up. My favorite Morgan quote was when he said Luis Castillo was unfamiliar with the Wrigley Field wind because "Castillo has played his entire career in the American League."

Castillo, however, played 10 years in the National League. Not to mention Morgan called countless NL games in which Castillo played, including the 1997 World Series.

So yeah, Morgan has problems with dates, times, pretty much everything. Which is sort of a problem when you're an announcer.

But his new nonsensical statement is actually insulting to a Hall of Famer.

During Sunday's Cubs/White Sox tilt, Eric Patterson hit a two-run homer into the wire basket at Wrigley that overhangs the right field wall. That prompted Morgan to go off on Ernie Banks:
Morgan referred to the basket as "Banks Boulevard," and then went on to talk about how many Ernie Banks homers ended up in the Wrigley bleacher baskets back in the day — the implication being, of course, that many of Ernie's 512 career homers were cheapies, and that he would have hit considerably fewer without the help of those right- and left-field baskets.
It turns out that "Banks Boulevard" is a phrase that Morgan has been using for a while when describing the nets at Wrigley Field, and that he maintains that's what "everybody" referred to them as while he played.

Except here's the problem, the nets were added to Wrigley in 1970. Banks retired after the 1971 season.

So how many cheapies did Banks hit into the nets during his career? A whopping seven.

Good God. Can someone please fire this imbecile? Morgan literally just pulls stuff out of his butt. And he never apologizes, even when he's totally wrong.

Some Cubs fans are threatening to boycott ESPN and any Morgan televised games, which I support, but it won't do much. We'll just have to hope Morgan eventually lies himself out of the game.

[HT: Fanhouse, Walkoff Walk]
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7/14/08   |   jguitarman63

Did anyone hear Morgan tonight during Mets game? I thought he stated that he remembers Ted Williams all star game winning bottom of the 9th homer? Did I misunderstand him? I believe the only time Williams did this was in 1941, 2 years before Morgan was born!

7/14/08   |   jguitarman63

Did anyone hear Morgan tonight during Mets game? I thought he stated that he remembers Ted Williams all star game winning bottom of the 9th homer? Did I misunderstand him? I believe the only time Williams did this was in 1941, 2 years before Morgan was born!

6/25/08   |   Monty40

Keeter wrote:

He's still pi$$ed that many people think Sandberg was better than him !!!

 

I think they were about the same...they were both great 2nd basemen.  But you're right...he has a chip on his shoulder and can't seem to let it go. 

6/25/08   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

He's still pi$$ed that many people think Sandberg was better than him !!!

 

6/25/08   |   amontag

rigatonys wrote:

You guys may or may not be familiar with this but if you appreciate accuracy and good grammer in broadcasting, you HAVE to check this out. You'll laugh for a month especially at the comments the author makes.

www.walterfootball.com in the left hand column roll over to NFL columns and click emmitt anthology. I still laugh as hard as i did when i first read it.

OMFG!! That IS HILARIOUS!! Thanks for the link!

6/25/08   |   rigatonys   |   36 respect

You guys may or may not be familiar with this but if you appreciate accuracy and good grammer in broadcasting, you HAVE to check this out. You'll laugh for a month especially at the comments the author makes.

www.walterfootball.com in the left hand column roll over to NFL columns and click emmitt anthology. I still laugh as hard as i did when i first read it.

6/24/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Joe, you are arm flapping your way to crazy town.

6/24/08   |   veedonfleece

Sigh...having to listen to Joe Morgan is so painful. Not just as a Cubs fan...as a fan of baseball. I feel sorry for his booth partner Jon Miller. The man has to endure the ramblings of Morgan and somehow he keeps his spirits up, plays his sidekick and calls a great game. As for the comments above...not only did he insult Ernie, but he also insulted Ryne Sandberg when discussing Billy Williams. He mentioned that HOF Williams' number was retired and commemorated by the flag flying over Wrigley...right next to Ernie Banks' number. Not true Joe. The flag next to Williams' is Ryne Sanberg's. Unfortunately, you're not big enough to mention Ryno because you don't believe he belongs in the Hall. So much so you couldn't even bring yourself to attend the ceremony when he was inducted. When will ESPN drop this clown? He was a great player, but his nonsensical and biased blabbering on the air is too much to take.