Not that Michael needs any defense as a general proposition. He remains a Ticket legend, his influence apparent on the station every day.
But, alas, The Ticket is having a great deal of fun -- every show, and the weekend shows, too -- at his expense. I probably don't need to go into detail on what took place. He called into Diamond Talk after the Yu Darvish trade and, as things turned out, didn't manage to complete a point that sounded like . . . an actual point.
BaD Reviews Michael's Diamond Talk Call
The consensus seems to be that sometime before placing that call, Michael had been overserved.
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But I think he was calling to make an actual point. To my ear he started to make that point but didn't get it out with enough detail to give Sean Bass something to hang his hat on.
I think his point was going to be -- at least this is what I "got" as his point before things went awry -- that Yu Darvish was ready to be traded, ready to go anywhere, ready to leave the Rangers for any team that would take him. That Yu wanted to leave the Rangers. I don't know if that was going to be his point had he gotten it out with a bit more detail, but that's where I thought he was going right from the start.
What happened, though, was that he did not get that thought out clearly, and Sean, who was trying to keep Michael on track, converted it into a technical question about Yu's no-trade list, which gave Michael two problems: (1) he wasn't really calling to make a point about the no-trade list, which got him off-message, and (2) Sean's question required consideration of what resembled a double-negative, i.e., a team "not being on his no-trade list," which someone in Michael's condition was not prepared to process, and which led to the stumbles we're now hearing ad nauseum.
Let me stress that I do not blame Sean for Michael's aimless performance -- he was guessing at Michael's point, as I am.
But I do think that, nudged gently in a slightly different direction, Michael would have been on his way to making a legitimate Sports Point worth discussing, that being: Yu's overall attitude about being a Texas Ranger at that point was that he didn't want to be.
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