Let’s be perfectly up front about something here: I’m pretty shit-dickingly OK with swearing. I’m not trying to tsk tsk anybody for saying a naughty word or to harangue about delicate ears who may have been listening to tonight’s Jays game. Fuck that.
In fact, I’d love to have a more casual, conversational, real tone to what can be awfully cold, scripted, cookie-cutter TV broadcasts. Which also isn’t to say that I figure anybody ought to just be winging it — putting together three to four hours of live TV every night cannot be easy, so I try not to begrudge anybody too much (um… sort of) — rather, I’d just bet it would be way cooler if we could hear these guys shooting the shit like if they were watching a game at the bar, and not seven layers deep within the corporate burrito … or onion… or… whatever it is has layers. Tectonic plates — I don’t know.
Anyway, while I’m probably not doing the pipe dream of actual interesting broadcast chatter any good by rushing to point to an instance where somebody had a momentary slip into the way that most of us actually talk amongst friends, um… who cares? Swearing is funny! Or at least it can be. And it certainly is novel to hear it coming from a baseball broadcast — and that’s what us Jays fans were treated to tonight thanks to ol’ Pat Tabler, with an assist from his partner Hawk Martinez.
After Eduardo Nunez needed some time against Chad Jenkins in the top of the fifth, having fouled the first pitch of his at-bat off his foot, he stepped back into the box, Jenkins reared back and threw, and we were treated to this little exchange:
BUCK: He came right back inside.
PAT: Shit, you have to.
Or if you prefer, let’s go to the video tape! (i.e. the Vine clip via @GregBallochST)
No, you turn six!
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