SBD/Issue 211/Sports Media
Fox' McCarver Compares Yanks Treatment Of Torre To WWII Germany
Published July 19, 2010
|McCarver Surprised By Lack Of Recognition
For Joe Torre At Yankee Stadium
Fox MLB analyst Tim McCarver Saturday during the net's broadcast of Rays-Yankees went on a "rant against the Yankees management" that contained "comparisons to Germany following World War II," according to Justin Terranova of the N.Y. POST. McCarver was complaining about the lack of reminders at the new Yankee Stadium of former manager Joe Torre's "dozen years of success" with the franchise. He said, "You remember some of those despotic leaders in World War II, primarily in Russia and Germany, where they used to take those pictures that they had ... taken of former generals who were no longer alive, they had shot 'em. They would airbrush the pictures, and airbrushed the generals out of the pictures. In a sense, that's what the Yankees have done with Joe Torre. They have airbrushed his legacy. I mean, there's no sign of Joe Torre at the stadium. And, that's ridiculous." McCarver did add, "To the Yankees credit, Joe Torre's No. 6 has not been worn since Torre has (left). That has got to be resolved. You just can't ignore a guy who did what Joe Torre did" (NYPOST.com, 7/18). SPORTINGNEWS.com's Adam Hutchins wrote there is "no question that McCarver made an absurdly inarticulate comparison between an authentic tragedy and a dispute between a millionaire and his former employer." It "remains to be seen what, if any, punishment McCarver will face" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 7/18).
UNFORTUNATE COMPARISON: In St. Petersburg, Tom Jones wrote, "Attacking the Yankees over Torre is fine, but we're going to compare this to things that happened in Nazi Germany and the old Soviet Union and during World War II? Really? ... This is just sports, people! Memo to everyone: Let's stop using references to Nazis and slavery and other things such as the Sept. 11 attacks, world wars, Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Laden and anything in the real world" (TAMPABAY.com, 7/18). USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand writes it "should probably go without saying that it's not a great idea to compare sports front office moves with, say, killings in the Nazi and Soviet systems." Hiestand: "Kind of a stretch to compare Torre's fate ... to those of military officers executed by their own governments" (USA TODAY, 7/19).