PC Police Bust “Psycho” Sportscaster’s Cajones

What says “America’s Game” more than firing someone over a doctrinaire allegiance to political correctness?

And for as much as I hate baseball, I had to pay attention por un momento as now former Fox sports announcer Steve Lyons went mano a mano against the PC Police. And lost.

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DETROIT — Fox baseball broadcaster Steve Lyons has been fired for making a racially insensitive comment directed at colleague Lou Piniella’s Hispanic heritage on the air during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
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“Steve Lyons has been relieved of his Fox Sports duties for making comments on air that the company found inappropriate,” network spokesman Dan Bell said.
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In the second inning of Friday’s game between Detroit and Oakland, Piniella talked about the success light-hitting A’s infielder Marco Scutaro had in the first round of the playoffs. Piniella said that slugger Frank Thomas and Eric Chavez needed to contribute, comparing Scutaro’s production to finding a “wallet on Friday” and hoping it happened again the next week.

Later, Piniella said the A’s needed Thomas to get “en fuego” — hot in Spanish — because he was currently “frio” — or cold. After Brennaman praised Piniella for being bilingual, Lyons spoke up.

Lyons said that Piniella was “hablaing Espanol” — butchering the conjugation for the word “to speak” — and added, “I still can’t find my wallet.”

“I don’t understand him, and I don’t want to sit too close to him now,” Lyons continued.

Fox executives told Lyons after the game he had been fired.

Fired at the end of the game. Do not jump the border of “Go”. Do not collect 200 pesos.

Reportedly, all of the announcers laughed at the end of Lyons’ misconjugated Spanglish. He didn’t call anyone a slur. He did not disparage someone’s race.

Much like ESPN’s Rush Limbaugh fiasco, the network suits lead us to believe that they must protect their wallflower ex-jocks and coaches from such egregious insensitivities who are presumably not men enough to take umbrage with themselves.

But I guess it’s wrong to expect so much from a game with so much invested in protecting their hung-like-a-gnat, record shattering steroidophiles with penchants for fancy sock hosiery. Maybe if Lyons had only been shooting up play-by-play enchancing anabolics into his thigh between innings he’d still have a trabajo.

5 comments

  1. Lyons is an idiot, as is that entire Fox broadcast team. During the ALCS, Brennaman kept mispronouncing Craig Monroe’s last name. Lyons misnamed the Detroit River the Windsor River. When Lou Pinellas used the term genuflect, Lyons said “I have no idea what that means.” Then yesterday, in response to Brennaman’s use of the term “GED test,” Pinella said he had no idea what that was. Sounds like something none of them could pass.

  2. If we had to fire every idiot and jerk in the announcer’s booth we would finally be able to enjoy the sounds of the game. Lyons’ nickname is “Psycho” though and he has said the kind of things “color” commentators get in trouble with before.

    But what we have a severe double standard. When Jimmy the Greek makes a comment about blacks in sports – he’s fired. When Rush Limbaugh says something – he’s fired. When Steve Lyons says something – he’s fired.

    But when Dusty Baker says:

    “Personally, I like to play in the heat,” Dusty said. “Most Latin people and minority people do. You don’t find too many brothers from New Hampshire or Maine, right? We were brought over here because we could work in the heat. Isn’t that history? Your skin color is more conducive to heat than it is to the lighter-skinned people. I don’t see brothers running around burnt. That’s a fact. I’m not making this up. I’m not seeing some brothers walking around with some white stuff on their ears and noses.”

    Despite all the criticism leveled against him, Dusty so far has refused to retract his comments. “I’m not playing the race card,” he was quoted as saying on Monday, July 7, 2003. “I’m telling it like it is.” Dusty also said he won’t be talking about the subject again. “I’m not elaborating on it any more. End of topic. I said what I mean.”

    Maybe when your boss is deciding your career on racial stereotypes then you’d feel differently.

    Lyons said “hablaing” and was canned because he didn’t know how to conjugate a verb in Spanish.

  3. This is the old fart in me, but I’d be happy if Vin Scully broadcasted every playoff game. Vin understands the game, and understands when to shut up and let us enjoy the game.

    Totally agree with your comments re Dusty Baker. There is a CLEAR double standard.

    I never really enjoyed Lyons as a broadcaster, but if was going to be fired, it should be because he didn’t add much (or anything) to the game instead of this picayune nonsense.

  4. Good call, John.

    I hate the Dodgers, but Vin Scully is the best baseball broadcaster ever.

    This generation of sportscasters doesn’t know when to talk and when to let the sights and sounds of the game tell the story.

    Scully does. Al Michaels does. Jack Buck did.

    As far as this PC crap goes…Lyons was one of the few color guys on Fox I could even listen to. Ever listen to McCarver for 9 innings? A beer to any of you who will sit in front of the TV and listen to every word that guy says…

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