I was reading a baseball story on the 2 train last night.
It was something I’d printed out from SI.com. Jon Heyman had plenty of good information on: CC Sabathia, Matt Holliday, Brian Cashman and Ken Griffey Jr. But I stalled halfway through a sentence somewhere around 14th Street.
“Writers have marveled at the language of…”
I had to get to a dictionary and look up: erudite.
er●u●dite ‘er-ə-dīt, ‘er-yə- adj. – Characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly: an erudite professor; an erudite commentary.
I restarted from the beginning of Heyman’s sentence:
“Writers have marveled at the language of erudite Rays manager Joe Maddon, noting how he has used several multi-syllable college words correctly. His language does provide a nice contrast with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who hasn’t used many words correctly.”
I didn’t go to college. I guess that’s why I had to look up a multi-syllable word to understand that Heyman was taking a shot at me and a lot of other people, too.
He was clearly trying to embarrass Charlie Manuel, who is the manager of the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Heyman can look that up today.
I don’t like being talked down to. I’m guessing that Manuel doesn’t like it either because I don’t know anyone who does.
But FOX baseball broadcasters keep doing it and so do some baseball writers.
“You don’t need a college degree to love this game.”
That’s written on a wall in the Bronx. You can look it up.