I tried to avoid this, because my opinion about Marty Brennaman is well-known. His voice (along with that of Joe Nuxhall) is the background music to my childhood, so I don’t spend much of my life criticizing him. I don’t agree with him all the time, but there is no one on earth with whom I agree on every topic (with the obvious exception of my wife, in case she reads this).
This is going to be completely unscientific, as Redleg Nation caters to a specific segment of hard-core Reds fan that might not represent the average fan. But I thought it would be interesting to see how many of you agreed with Marty’s recent comments about Joey Votto’s contract.
If you missed the comments, Marty said:
Time out here now. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going to get into all that crap. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to tell you this: If I were an owner of a baseball team I would say to him if I could trade him, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d trade him yesterday. And I would say, hell I can lose 94 games without you just as easily as I could lose 94 games with you. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care about the OPS. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care about none of that. This team made a bad deal when they signed Joey Votto to a 10-year contract. And heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gonna make $22M and either next year or the following year heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to make $25M. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NO sanity on GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Earth that justifies this being a good contract.
So…is he right?