Tim McCarver, Lyricist Extraordinaire
If you're a fan of FOX Saturday Baseball announcer Tim McCarver, we're about to add a must-buy item to your cart the next time you're tooling around amazon.com. And if you don't like Tim McCarver, well, brace yourself for more ammunition behind your irrational hatred.
You see, Tim McCarver fancies himself a crooner. The longtime baseball player turned television color man and self-appointed sports talking head professes to have a powerful vocal talent, and he decided to prove it by recording an album in which he attempts to sing the best of "the American songbook."
That's right, Tim McCarver landed a recording deal, which is something that took David Gray a good decade to do. According to Dan Levy of The Sporting News, McCarver actually has a pretty strong voice and can carry a tune, two declarations which both seem stunning to Baseball Insider. But a recent FOX broadcast of a Mets game compared a McCarver Sinatra cover to the real deal by leading back into game action with a shot of the Philly Phanatic dancing in front of a Sinatra classic without announcing the performing artist was actually McCarver ... until the track had already ended. Evidently it was a close enough fascimile to convince listeners that it could double as the real deal.
Then again, Levy may have been pumping up McCarver to for Levy's own sanity. No fan of the "idiosyncrasies" that have become emblamatic of McCarver's broadcast performances (none more glaring that calling Bronson Arroyo "Brandon Arroyo" throughout the entire 2004 MLB playoffs), Levy may have coined the line of the week in exhorting McCarver to find a muse and pursue his hidden talent.
"This is not a Barry Zito situation by any means. So Tim, I speak for all baseball fans when I say this: quit your day job. Please."
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