No Love for Clint
On Friday night, in the rainy cold of Nats Park, I confirmed that I am not alone in my disregard for Clint, the "lovable" roving mouth of the Nats.
I have found the man annoying since the first time I heard him yelling into the microphone at RFK. I don't care how many T-Shirts he and his crew launch my way; I'll never like his presence at a game.
To ensure that I wasn't just suffering from that slow descent into geezer-hood, suffered by many aging baseball fans, I decided to conduct an experiment. My 20-year-old collegiate daughter had deigned to attend a game with me. She's not a big baseball fan, but maybe the young student home for the summer is the market the Nats have in mind when they roll out Clint and his inane babble.
When he came out on the scene, I carefully noted the response of my daughter. She was understated, but I applied all my deductive reasoning skills and thought I could pick up a reaction: "He's SO an-NOY-ing!!!"
Hmm. That wasn't definitive enough for me. So I followed up and learned that Clint talks too fast, can't be understood and sounds "mindless." In a momentary lapse in my scientific method, I may have tainted the results:
"When he asks a question, does he even hear the response?" I asked.
"No," my daughter confirmed, he just says "great, great" and goes on to the next inconsequential thought.
I've never met Clint, and I don't want to judge his character, his intellect or his dedication. Lord knows I would never question his energy. But I am critical of his performance, and I urge him to slow down, actually listen to and engage with the fans he's interviewing and try to be a person rather than a cartoon character.
But I'm not holding out hope.
P.S.: For what it's worth, a nearly-empty Nats Park, on a cold, rainy night, was still nice enough -- and enough fun -- to make my daughter say that she planned to go back this summer, when it's warmer.
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