So Where Was Joe Morgan Last Night?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I've been asking and being asked all day today where Dr. Joe Morgan was during the opening HOF introductions during last night's All Star Game and for the life of I me I can't find any answers. Well HR Derby has a thought and it's as good as any....

Did Morgan develop another flareup of Ryne-itis, also known as Sandberg Syndrome, wherein those afflicted can’t be anywhere near the man who broke Morgan’s record for Second Basemen? As you’ll recall, Joe Morgan was conspiculously absent at Sandberg’s Hall of Fame induction in 2005.

It’s not like Joe didn’t know how to get to Yankee Stadium … he was in the building the night before when he announced the 2008 Home Run Derby.

No, I think this is just another case of Joe Morgan not wanting to share ANY stage with Ryne Sandberg.
I can't believe that Morgan is still peeved about Sandberg coming out of retirement to beat is 2nd Basemen HR record, but then again this is Joe were talking about. He also had one of those stellar ESPN chats where he answered about four questions, but still didn't address it....
chris (NJ): Hi Joe, How great was last night? What was your Fav part of last night?

SportsNation Joe Morgan: We talked about Uggla making mistakes, but some guys made great plays under pressure. Cristian Guzman made a few plays with two outs and the winning run at third, and they were not easy plays. The throw McLouth made to home plate when Navarro was trying to score was great. Some of the defensive plays under pressure impressed me. I was also impressed with some of the pitchers on both sides, who struck out pretty good hitters in pressure situations.

SportsNation Joe Morgan: I also liked the aggressiveness the AL showed in stealing bases.
Very very interesting. It's a shame too because as a player he deserves to be there. It's time to stop being selfish and petty but that might be too much to ask of the good doctor.

Why wasn’t Joe Morgan at the All-Star Game last night? Oh right, Ryne Sandberg was there. (HR Derby)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 5:22 PM

22 Comments:

Where the hell was Johnny Bench? Or Fisk? It's not like this All-Star game snuck up on everyone.

GMoney said...
Jul 16, 2008, 5:47:00 PM  

Didn't Morgan call the game for ESPN radio last night?

Gmoney I agree how come Willie Mays was the only other CF? Is everyone else dead?

And holy crap someone keep Tony Gwynn out of Hometown Buffet.

Jul 16, 2008, 5:51:00 PM  

There was not a single HOFer with a Reds cap on. No Morgan, No Johnny, No Sparky. Could it be a silent Pete Rose protest?

Anonymous said...
Jul 16, 2008, 6:20:00 PM  

You must have some kind of Jones for Joe Morgan...you complain about him at least 10 times a week...Did he steal your girlfriend or boyfriend or something???? I thought that you did not like him..... Why are you so concerned about him??? Your obsession is starting to get ridiculous, you must have a secret crush on him... if it's a slow news day, go outside and get some fresh air or something...

ndn5898 said...
Jul 16, 2008, 6:24:00 PM  

Yep, I have as much an obsession on him as you do using question marks.

Jul 16, 2008, 6:27:00 PM  

Joe Morgan sucks. This site points out commentators who suck. Thus, lots of mentions.

Tony Perez was a Red who was there with his Reds hat on last night, anon.

Hopped Up said...
Jul 16, 2008, 6:33:00 PM  

Maybe it was a protest until Dave Concepcion gets enshrined. Or Cesar Geronimo.

Anonymous said...
Jul 16, 2008, 6:35:00 PM  

I've gotten to the point where I realize that anyone who doesn't understand how much Joe Morgan sucks is just another moron.

Heef said...
Jul 16, 2008, 7:06:00 PM  

If Joe Morgan sucks sooo much then shouldn't you guys be happy that you didn't have to see or hear from him last night?????????

I'd rather use too many question marks than talk about some over-the-hill commentator that was not even there. Seriously, is that all ya got???????

I've gotten to the point where I realize that anyone whose name is heef is just another douche idiot!!!!!!!!

ndn5898 said...
Jul 16, 2008, 8:58:00 PM  

Thanks for addressing this...I just figured Morgan was afraid to get booed due to his incompetence as an analyst...but the Sandberg issue makes more sense.

Jeff said...
Jul 16, 2008, 9:56:00 PM  

I gotta give ndn5898 a bit of credit for not hiding completely behind the Anon tag.

However, coming to a blog called Awful Announcing... and complaining that he talks frequently about an awful announcer doesn't make much sense to me.

(Different Jeff)

Jeff said...
Jul 16, 2008, 10:01:00 PM  

Where was Tom Seaver? Yankee Stadium was where he won his 300th game...he couldn't be there? What gives?

Eli said...
Jul 16, 2008, 10:21:00 PM  

I'm guessing that when you're a HOF'er you don't get fazed as easily by the "last All-Star game in Yankee Stadium" crap. Most of them probably played there before and simply didn't need to be applauded again. At some point retired players might just want to be able to plan vacations and stuff without checking a baseball calendar. And more power to them if they actually have lives. Now, Joe is a different story, given his appearance in the building the night before.

Anonymous said...
Jul 16, 2008, 10:43:00 PM  

ndn ... I have yet to find anything worth reading that includes more than five consecutive question marks. Your comments have been no exception.

SpartanDan said...
Jul 16, 2008, 10:55:00 PM  

Well, ndn is clearly the picture of maturity. When you say stupid things on a blog, you get called out for them, kid. Good luck with life, you deep thinker.

Heef said...
Jul 17, 2008, 12:58:00 AM  

How about some love for Colleen Dominguez and her outfit from last night? As Balki would say, "Bingy bingy."

Anonymous said...
Jul 17, 2008, 8:04:00 AM  

morgan wasn't on radio, it was shulman/campbell (thank goodness).

the rose/concepcion angle is a good one for the other reds not being there. sounds like morgan was just being a penis.

i can't remember the blog, but the commenters were making a list of who didn't show up. maybe the appearance fee (if there was one) wasn't big enough?

-dan

-dan said...
Jul 17, 2008, 9:24:00 AM  

This comes from the Dallas Morning News' Rangers beat writer, Evan Grant on why Nolan Ryan wasn't in attendance:

"Ryan told me last week he wouldn't be going to New York for the Hall of Fame. Nolan's not one for pretense and the Hall of Fame festivities at Yankee Stadium were going to include a whole lot of pretense. Nolan sneaked into Yankee Stadium when the Rangers were there earlier this month to pay a farewell visit. Took his grandson. Typical Ryan; eschewing the spotlight for family."

I figure that some other players with personalities like Nolan's might have felt the same way. Not sure who fits in that group, who wasn't able to attend for health or other reasons, and who didn't show up for other reasons (e.g. Morgan), but others not in attendance included Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Carlton Fisk, Carl Yastrzemski, Bobby Doerr, Jim Bunning, Red Schoendienst, and Duke Snider.

James said...
Jul 17, 2008, 9:36:00 AM  

I went to the parade earlier in the day, and Joe Morgan WAS riding in the NYC parade.

Nick said...
Jul 17, 2008, 10:41:00 AM  

The name of this blog is Awful Announcing and as far as I could see Joe Morgan was not announcing that night. So it seems that we could have a night off of Joe Morgan talk... just one night... is that too much to ask????

Seeing that there were other missing Hall OF Famer's maybe the post could have originally included that fact and it would not have not come across as overkill to me.

ndn5898 said...
Jul 17, 2008, 5:59:00 PM  

At least we know now there were other HOFs that were busy/uninvited, whatever. Now, we also know who ndn5898 actually is.

Anonymous said...
Jul 17, 2008, 8:17:00 PM  

Don't make fun of Joe Morgan - you'll make ndn5898 cry.

I hear that every time someone says something bad about Joe Morgan, a puppy dies.

Heef said...
Jul 18, 2008, 12:25:00 AM  

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