During the (Aug. 19) game between the Dodgers and the Padres, announcer Jerry Coleman brought up the fact that there are few players in the league who can actually carry a team. He then alluded to the fact that Fred McGriff had grown into that role for the Padres and McGriff reminded him of Darryl Strawberry. But co-announcer Rick Monday did not like the comparison. Monday said, “You cannot compare Strawberry to McGriff. Strawberry has had an erratic season, whereas McGriff has had a good month.”
Did Monday actually mean to say: McGriff has had a good season and a great month? Who knows?
But Rick, maybe you might want to review your notes after the three-game sweep of the Padres by those Dodgers. The “erratic” Strawberry merely went eight for 11, hit three home runs, drove in 10 runs--one more home run and one fewer RBI than the entire Padre team mustered against L.A.--and he has hit more home runs than anyone in baseball since the All-Star break.
Perhaps Strawberry will “carry” his team into the playoffs while McGriff may manage to “carry” the Padres away from the cellar.