Friday, August 27, 2010

Rob Dibble vs Ray Knight: The Saga Continues

Many of you know my thoughts on Rob Dibble and Ray Knight. For those tha don't, in summary, typically I really dislike Ray and like Rob for his antics and ability to just say what's on his mind. Because, well, its pretty hard to watch Nats games sometimes. Even as much as I love the sport and watching the home team. You need to get some weird comments from time to time.

However, it's become increasingly apparent that they both have the maturity of a 16 year old. It started this year with the on air fight between them after a Nats game. It developed into a pissing contest with who was more valuable to his team when their (insert team here) won the World Series. Both want to be and feel important. Fact of the matter is, Rob Dibble had a few good years in a short career as a crazy person. Ray Knight is known for one hit in the 1986 World Series. I'm oversimplifying, but you get the point.

But as much as I tend to favor Dibble, because I appreciate his offensive style and his willingness to call out the Nats poor play despite being a complete homer. Ray Knight is soft and almost never has insightful comments. He mostly says Joe Morgan comments like "This kid has... uhm... potential." Really? You think that may be why he's playing Major League Baseball?

But the immaturity of Dibble reached a fever pitch, and he was obviously asked to take a few days to cool off. And Ray Knight stood in. Meanwhile, Dibble still has a radio show to continue spouting his anger and frustration about Strasburg, pitchers, Ray Knight, women, or whatever was making him angry that day.

I'm not sure what Dibble's contract looks like with MASN, or for that matter who would actually want to replace him to be the color guy for the Nationals, but Dibble seems to be grasping at straws to keep his job/take out the remainder of his anger on those that have wronged him. Those two don't really work together.

But the situation continues to get uglier with Rob, from his sexist comments to his inability to let any situation go. I am one who believes that Dibble's comments about Strasburg ("Suck it up") were blown entirely out of proportion, even though I do think the Nats should shut him down for the year, but Dibble is using MASN and XM to call out people and be petty, and it's time for that to stop, or for him to go. And it's time for Ray to go to, but mostly just because he's a really, really bad commentator.

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