March 07, 2011

Sports Radio Moment of the Day

When Delaware County Times columnist Jack McCaffery goes on the Angelo Cataldi show, you just know the brilliant commentary is bound to start flying. And I wasn't disappointed today.

First McCaffery concluded that Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown, who is 23 years old and has had a whopping 62 major league at-bats, "can't hit" and "will never live up to the hype." Brown may be in the top five of prospects in baseball who has dominated at every minor league level, but... McCaffery then concluded the Phillies made a huge mistake in refusing to include Brown in their July 2009 discussions with the Blue Jays to trade for Roy Halladay, because if they had, they unquestionably would've won the 2009 World Series.

Nevermind that Brown still stands an excellent chance of being a top major league player, and that giving up on someone after such a short time, after a week and a half of spring training, would be beyond idiotic. First of all, it's hard to fault the Phils for refusing to trade Brown for Halladay, since they of course got Halladay a few months later without giving up Brown. Secondly, had the Phillies traded for Halladay during the 2009 season, they would not have also traded for Cliff Lee (who they got instead of Halladay). Lee won two games in the '09 World Series, while the Phils lost the other four; if Halladay had started those two games instead of Lee, even if he'd won them, the Yankees would still have won the Series.

Cataldi and his crew responded to this unbridled idiocy with "good point." When McCaffery then suggested the Phils deal with Chase Utley's knee injury with "blood doping" (no, I'm not kidding) I lunged for the off button.

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