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]