noseeum wrote:Mostly, I hate him because he just never shuts up.
That's certainly why I hate him. The dude just never shuts up. Not only that, he's in love with his voice and himself. He thinks he's smarter than everyone else, and that he's god's gift to announcing, and so he plays armchair manager in annoying ways -- not in smart analyst ways, just like "I'm smarter." But he's just wrong a lot of the time, and will repeat his wrong ideas, Morgan-style. And he will never miss an opportunity to tie what is happening into his own baseball past.
The moment when I realized I couldn't stand him was during the 2002 World Series, which as an Angels fan I watched most intently. During game six -- remember, that was when the Angels were down 3 games to 2, and were trailing 5-0 in the 7th, when Scott Spiezio hit a 3-run HR and woke everyone up. Anyway, so now they were down 5-3 in the 8th, with plenty of momentum and drama and all that, and they bring out Brendan Donnelly to pitch. McCarver starts going on and on about how they should be bringing out Troy Percival, who they typically use only in save situations and who never pitched more than an inning the whole year. Why should they be doing this? "So that if they lose, they can know they lost with their best." He must have repeated this about a thousand times, so sure was he that Scioscia had made the wrong call in bringing out Donnelly (who shut them down 1-2-3 with two strikeouts). "If they lose?" McCarver was WRITING OFF the game with six outs still to go! Talk about bias! That's just not what I expect from a World Series commentator. Really lame.