October 21, 2011
OK, it was one thing for Fox broadcaster Tim McCarver, off the top of his head, to state during Game 1 of the World Series that S-T-R-I-K-E was a "five-letter word." Such a mistake easily can be filed under the "we all make them" heading, and McCarver has done worse. But this Colby Lewis(notes) graphic — noticed by @FakeNedYost on Twitter and blogged by The Big Lead — yeesh, where do you start?
Well, start with the most egregious, and hilarious, violation: the Kansas City Royals apparently play in Kansas now.
I don't know if the Royals (or the Athletics, or the Monarchs of the Negro Leagues, for that matter), ever played a random game in the state of Kansas during their respective histories. It's possible. But Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals have played since 1973 is definitely in Missouri — not Kansas. Lewis never even pitched for the Royals. He was their property for a month in the 2007-08 offseason before going to Japan.
And why did Fox do a "Colby Lewis Travels" graphic, anyway? It was worth noting in 2010, when he came back to the Rangers after spending two seasons in Japan, that he has pitched all over the world. It's not really news anymore. Also, he's not Marco flippin' Polo, either; he hasn't been that many places. And, is it me, or does the graphic make it seem like we're attacking Hiroshima? That's not what we want, Fox.
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