If I were to have dinner with one manager in Major League Baseball, it would be Jesus and Albert Einstein. Wait, what was the question?
No, if I were to have dinner with one manager in Major League Baseball, it would be Joe Maddon. Seems like a bright, interesting guy who could talk about baseball for hours without boring you. He's the rare combination of a guy who can command the respect of both athletes in the clubhouses, and analysts in their gilded palaces of smug.
But at no point would I ever, ever, ever, ever be interested in what he has to say while being interviewed by TBS as a playoff game is going on. He's not going to drop some brilliant piece of baseball wisdom on the national television audience. He's going to be as interested in the interview as he would be in paying toll.
To every network in existence: no one cares what managers are willing to say during an in-game interview. A machine that can read their brainwaves and analyze them in real-time? Oh, yeah. But you're not going to get what managers are really thinking in a ten-second interview.
Shouldn't complain too much about TBS. At least there aren't dancing robots.
Oh, great. Now they're interviewing Ron Washington. Maybe he'll talk about what he really thinks about C.J. Wilson.