Rob Dibble mocks Twitter, again
In this day and age, you can no longer reliably count on middle-aged defenders of what's good and honorable to deploy the "blogging in mom's basement" joke on a daily basis as a way of putting young reprobates in their place. Soon, perhaps, those jokes will be gone entirely from our world.
Until then, we've still got Rob Dibble.
He's now mocked modernity during Nats broadcasts two days in a row. Yes, Twitter user "Rdibs49" has just had it up to here with Twitter.
Tuesday night, the assault on the Internet came when Bob Carpenter was trying to remember the recent occasion when Cristian Guzman walked twice in a game. Someone from the production team told him it was May 11. Bring out the leeches.
Dibble: There's always somebody in the truck with some better stats.
Carpenter: How did we do games before the information superhighway was paved? You know, 20 years ago, announcers would say Oh yeah, I remember him walking twice in one game, and everybody just had to trust us when we said that.
Dibble: Exactly. You believed it. Now, someone's at home right now, Googling. (Start Nerd voice) Well, Dibble said.... (Sound of keys typing.) Oh, he's making that stuff up!
Carpenter: Tweet tweet tweet!
Dibble: Let's tweet all our friends, DIBBLE MADE UP A STORY!
That last sentence, I should note, was again said in Dibble's nerd voice. Here's one vote for him doing an entire game in the nerd voice. It's not like he's gonna drive people away.
Anyhow, having thus humiliated all the socially awkward losers out there who use Google, Carpenter and Dibble gave things a rest for, oh, 24 hours, before again revisiting the scourge of technology. Carpenter was discussing the career losing record amassed by Connie Mack.
"Can you imagine what the blogs and the tweets would have done to Connie Mack with a losing record like that?" Carpenter asked.
(Note: Mack's career winning percentage was considerably better than the Washington Nationals'.)
"Oh, they would have destroyed him," Dibble said. "Or not."
The conversation briefly meandered away from the evils of Twitter, before then returning.
"I just wish I had more time to sit in my mother's basement and Twitter," Dibble said. "I just don't. I'm a little more active than that."
"Well, you've got to go work out with Pudge every day," Carpenter pointed out.
"Had to make sure he's ok," Dibble replied. "His trainer didn't make the trip. He might need a spotter, someone to help him up on the stationary bike."
Never have I heard of two established broadcasters as obsessed with what people are saying about them on Twitter. Punch up, guys, punch up. Google it.
July 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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