This morning, I happened to catch Larry Bowa on XM Radio’s baseball channel. Bowa took off on the most uneducated, moronic rant I’ve ever heard.
The subject of his rant: Bill James and “Moneyball.” It was pathetic. Bowa kept saying, “I’m a winner, I know how to win. Bill James knows nothing about baseball.” Ultimately, it devolved into “Bill James never wore a uniform. I played. I know what it takes to win.” Second grade nonsense.
His harshest rhetoric was reserved for “Moneyball,” though. He went on and on and on about the book, all the while saying stupid things like, “Does Moneyball tell you how to move a runner over? Does Moneyball tell you how to give up yourself at the plate?”
In the end, we heard the clincher: Bowa has never read Moneyball, he’s never going to read it, but “some people” have told him what it’s about.
What a moron.
I wish I could adequately convey the ignorant nature of Bowa’s rant, and I wish I could find the audio of it. Suffice to say, however, if he ever manages the Reds, it will be worse than the Bob Boone years.
UPDATE: Can’t Stop The Bleeding heard the same broadcast and had a similar reaction.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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