Steve Lyons: Not a fan of home runs

Steve LyonsOne of the few benefits of having MLB playoff games broadcast exclusively on TBS (or another Turner channel) is that fans don’t have to listen to Steve Lyons’ inane ramblings while watching Los Angeles Dodgers games.

The guy’s commentary routinely doesn’t make sense, and he frequently gets indisputable items — like MLB rules — incorrect while providing analysis.

Even though Lyons wasn’t broadcasting Game 2 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, fans still couldn’t avoid his absurd commentary. For instance, Lyons tweeted after the Dodgers lost 4-3 to the Braves that the team’s big mistake was Hanley Ramirez hitting a 2-run home run in the 8th inning to make it a 1-run game. Seriously.

I’m not even sure what’s the worst part about those tweets. That Lyons thinks we have to think deeper to get on his level of stupidity? That a guy who is a former Major Leaguer doesn’t even realize that half the relievers in baseball pitch from a stretch even with the bases empty? That he would rather have fewer guaranteed runs than more?

Shows how closely he was watching the game, because he didn’t even realize that Braves reliever David Carpenter pitched out of the stretch to start the inning when nobody was on:

[Read more...]

Steve Lyons Does Not Like Baseball Players Wearing Hats Turned Sideways

During Wednesday night’s Dodgers-Pirates game, Dodgers broadcasters Eric Collins and Steve Lyons got into a discussion about fashion. The discussion was prompted after Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez (pictured) made a putout on a ground ball by Hiroki Kuroda in the fifth. Play-by-play man Eric Collins asked for analyst Steve Lyons’ opinion of Alvarez’s hat style (Alvarez tucks his ears under his hat), and Lyons said though it was odd, there’s nothing wrong with it. However, the discussion about Avlarez’s tucked in look prompted Lyons to share his thoughts on players who wear their hat turned sideways. Let’s just say he’s not too fond of the look.

“I get it, as a fashion statement,” Lyons said. “You know if you’re hanging out at the mall or something and you want to tip your hat sideways or something, but when you’re on the field, to me it comes down to respect for the game. I don’t really have a problem with Alvarez wearing his hats over his ears, and some of the other things that I see. Just understand the game that you’re playing, understand the privilege you have of playing it.”

I won’t get into a holier-than-thou discussion about how baggy pants and jerseys have infiltrated baseball and given players a “gang member” look (to be honest, that’s more comfortable anyway). But I will go with Lyons on this one. The sideways hat look is strictly a fashion thing. There’s no way it’s more comfortable, and there’s no way it’s effective when it comes to blocking the sun (for day games). And to be honest, Lyons is right — whether it’s a white, black, or Hispanic player doing it — the hat to the side is just not a ballplayer’s look. Seeing that makes me want to call the fashion police.