Bigmouth Strikes Again...
Rick Sutcliffe might be drinking in the booth...again.
Just a few minutes ago, on ESPN's Yankees/Rangers broadcast, the always solid Erin Andrews gave a "sideline" report about Gary Matthews Jr.'s breakout 2006 season.
In years past, Matthews Jr., according to the report, had better road splits than ones at home.
His explanation: he slept better in hotels than his condo in Texas.
So Andrews reports, after a conversation with the son of "the Sarge," that he re-made his condo to seem more like a hotel room: blackout shades, new air filters, and a new Tempur-pedic mattress.
Interesting story, right? Might explain a few things...
Well, cue up the theme to Porky's.
Sutcliffe blurts out, right after Andrews' report of the style of mattress (tempur-pedic) - and I sorta paraphrase - "whoa, whoa, how do you know so much about that?"
I'll allow a minute for that to sink in.
(tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock)
Good. Get it? Erin Andrews knows about Gary Matthews Jr.'s condo not because she did some solid reporting, but because she's a whore who slept in said domicile. Excuse me while I wakka-wakka-wakka like Fozzie Bear on that one.
And shall we remind everyone about Sutcliffe, the funny former fireballer who is still perplexed as to why Matt Vasgersian is still in San Diego (Sut...it's sunny and 75-80 everyday, zero humidity, and it never rains in Southern California...why would he want to leave "Whale's Vagina" for E. Hartford or Bristol, Conn.?)
A month or two ago, after playing 36 holes and drinking 36 beers with Bill Murray, Sut stumbled his way into the Padres' broadcast booth and slurred his speech while rambling on, incoherently. The Padres' producer was the guy to cut Sut off that day, cutting his mike after he finished his George Clooney/Congress rant (he's trying to take care of that thing, you know, George Clooney).
If I'm Erin Andrews, I'm ripshit pissed off. And at the next production meeting, I'm getting in someone's face.
She is a more-than-capable sideline reporter for a network that usually values style over substance. They're more apt to put a pretty face out there with a cue card, than someone who knows the value of hitting behind the runner to advance them up a base.
Regardless...another black mark on Sutcliffe. And on ESPN.