Former NBA and Trail Blazers star Bill Walton took over social media when he took over the broadcast booth on Friday night while working as a special guest analyst for the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels game in Anaheim.
Friday's game was broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago as Walton joined NBCS Chicago’s play-by-play host Jason Benetti.
The 1977 Trail Blazers champion was a fill-in for regular White Sox analyst Steve Stone.
The broadcast went just as you would imagine it to would.
SO MANY GREAT QUOTES.
Here are just a few of the top quotes of the night from Walton:
“Is that the catcher? I tell you I’m not a very good catcher…”
“Putting all the powers together of the rare Earth minerals, you’ve just come up with this incredible computer generated stud for the future.”
“Rainbow is my favorite color.”
“Good eye, good patience… You tell that pitcher to bring it right in here.”
“GO! GO! This is gonna be a run… Here we go Sox. Take me out to the ball game, I don’t care if I never come back!”
In the fifth inning, when Mike Trout hit his 41st home run of the season, Walton analyzed it as so:
"That's Trout? Swimming upstream, avoiding all the flies, and sending one ricocheting through the universe."
MLB fans took to Twitter to express their love of Walton’s calls. There's no doubt fans want Walton to be in the broadcast booth for more MLB games.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, frustrated about a throwback jersey he was going to have to wear for his scheduled start over the weekend, reportedly took a knife to his team's uniforms -- making them unusable for the game that night.
For his tantrum, he was suspended for five days and fined.
And while I don't condone what Sale did -- it reminds me of a five-year-old breaking a toy so nobody else can play with it -- I understand his frustration. The White Sox were to wear those hideous 1976 uniforms, the ones that feature a wide collar reminiscent of a leisure suit. The only redeeming feature of those uniforms was that the shirt was designed and approved to be worn untucked -- the only such uniform I can recall in baseball.
Sale is one of the best pitchers in baseball but I don't think that gives him a right to cut up his team's uniforms like a fugitive from a cheap slasher movie. But at the same time, it must be understood that player uniforms in any sport are work clothes. And in an athletic endeavor, they must be comfortable and inspire peak performance. ANY change in the uniform could cause a change in performance. Remember all the fuss over the NBA jerseys with the sleeves?
I think the idea of having players compelled to switch into something foreign for a game or two during the season is not a big deal -- players in all sports get a share in merchandising revenue and, bottom line, this is all about selling fans more replica uniforms. But if you're an elite-level athlete, having to walk out on a baseball diamond in a jersey with a collar might be as uncomfortable as it is embarrassing. Those things must be an inferno on a humid Chicago night.
The whole topic of throwback uniforms is a controversial one. Some players like them, others don't. Some fans like them, others don't. It usually comes down to a personal viewpoint about how good the uniforms look. For instance, you can't do much better than the San Diego Chargers' lightning bolts. And you can't do much worse than the 1982 San Diego Padres' full-diaper look. But that's just my opinion.