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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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someone ought to tell them the only people paying attention to them (and the Nats) anymore are predominantly bloggers and message board commenters.

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | July 1, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

We are such jerks for expecting the announcers to provide us with facts instead of making things up as they go along and expecting us to trust them.

Posted by: beach3 | July 1, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for posting this Steinz. I don't know how many people are left watching/listening to them, but even the Braves fans were ticked by Dibble's comments.

Posted by: ilovethenats | July 1, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Lesson: Don't make crap up.

Maybe the Nats could trade Dibs to the White Sox for a real analyst.

Posted by: tha_prophet | July 1, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I like Rob Dibble, and I think its great he's so candid. Its gonna be a long season, so everyone needs to get a thicker skin and enjoy the ride.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | July 1, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Dibble provides a key public service. Pencil-necked geeks like us ordinarily wouldn't be watching manly sports like baseball in the company of manly men like Dibble, for fear that we would be mocked for blogging, or tweeting, or knowing how to read, or something.

Dibble gives you the experience of watching the game with a sweaty, ignorant, oaf WITHOUT actually having to sit next to a sweaty, ignorant oaf.

Or, you could do as I do, and just turn off the TV and listen to Charlie & Dave, which is like taking in a ballgame with two knowledgeable, friendly, and good-natured friends.

Posted by: ouij | July 1, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Dibble is awesome. I can't get enough of homer announcers. He needs to cover up those awful tattoos, and get back to wearing his prescription sunglasses!!

Posted by: bzerante1 | July 1, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Dudes are pressing hard to find something interesting to say, if only to distract viewers from the nightly debacle taking place out on the field.

Posted by: Vic1 | July 1, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Dibble is, by far, the best analyst in the business. Everybody wants a bleeding heart, all-is-forgiven, ignore the bad, praise only the good wimp. If you ask me, he doesn't go far enough with his criticism. He's right on every point he makes.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | July 1, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't get all the trendy dibble bashing. dude is entertaining and different from all the other tightazz announcers. sure, he isn't the most polished speaker, but is he covering the most polished team? go ahead dibble, do ur thing.

Posted by: dpkennedy | July 2, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I like Dibble, too. IMO, they have a point about the knee-jerk aspects of communication in the Internet age. zOMG, did you hear what Dibble just said??? :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 2, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Evidently, it's trendy to bash middle-aged people, dpkennedy. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 2, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I think Dibble's great. A good color guy should be a curmudgeon.

Remember how bad Ron Darling was?

Posted by: prw46 | July 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

All Dibble and Carpenter need is Moe and there would be three of them!

Posted by: Badwisky | July 6, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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