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Mike Greenberg: "You just fired Rob Dibble for being Rob Dibble"

Sep 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

Rob Dibble’s firing was the subject on Mike & Mike this morning, and both Greenberg and Golic were scratching their heads at it. Greenberg’s quote evinced his confusion at the move: “you just fired Rob Dibble for being Rob Dibble.”

That’s one way to think of it. Another way is to acknowledge that when you shouldn’t have hired Rob Dibble for an analyst’s job in the first place, “being Rob Dibble” is more than enough grounds for termination. Better that MASN finally come to terms with that than to continue thinking that Dibble is suited to explain baseball’s nuances to television viewers.

And that’s really what this is about, I think.  It’s not that he said something insensitive about the Nats’ big phenom. I’d like announcers to get more critical of players than they are, actually.  It’s that his comments about Strasburg’s injury were just wrong and dumb. They showed Dibble’s utter failure or to understand and communicate (or refusal to acknowledge) information about pitcher injuries to fans. That’s Dibble’s job there. If he was simply unaware of how serious it is when a pitcher has to immediately leave a game due to an arm injury, he’s unqualified to be an analyst. If he knows better but is just trying to stir the pot, he’s being a talk radio host, not doing his job to inform and enlighten viewers.

I don’t think MASN would have fired Dibble for being Dibble if he had done it with respect to some big issue of the day or whatever. But when you’re personality prevents you from simply and accurately addressing the game in front of you, you’re not doing your job as an analyst.

  1. Kris - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Predictably, Greenberg also went off on “social media” the other day regarding the Mike Wise incident. It was painful to listen to.
    M&M are much better when discussing actual sports rather than the peripheral topics that surround them.

  2. Joe - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    It probably didn’t help Dibble that the Interwebs were filled with people expressing their relief that he would be off the air for a few days.

  3. Paper Lions - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    This probably wasn’t the first time Dibble was fired for being Dibble, and it probably won’t be the last.

  4. ebraves - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    While I never got to listen to Dibble during a baseball game, I enjoyed listening to him on XM, specifically when him and Kevin Kennedy had a show together in the afternoon. I looked forward to the ride home every day listening to those two..
    So i haven’t really understood all of the harsh criticism, part of me wonders if this turned into a witchhunt… I am probably wrong, and need to watch a (older) nationals broadcast.

  5. Simon DelMonte - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Most sportswriters are. Though I would rather listen to M&M than pretty much anyone else in sports radio, and I can forgive them the occasional under-intelligent comment.

  6. JCD - Sep 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    You’ve got to be kidding. M & M have become schticky buffoons, I try desperately to listen but their act is so tired anymore.

  7. BC - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Can they fire Mike Greenberg for being Mike Greenberg? Please?

  8. BC - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    It definitely wasn’t. ESPN booted him off the Dan Patrick radio show a few years back.

  9. El Bravo - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    I agree. M&M are level-headed about a lot of things and their forte is probably more football-oriented but I give Greeny a pass on this one. Rob Dibble dibbles balls and shouldn’t have been hired in the first place so Greeny got this one wrong.

  10. RDansky - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    To be fair, while being Rob Dibble may be a firing offense in DC, it’s apparently a misdemeanor in twelve states, a felony in six (and American Samoa), and a moving violation in the greater Boston metropolitan area.

  11. matt - Sep 2, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Mike Greenberg has a big case of what one of the Bee gees (I think it was Barry Gibb) called “first fame”. He said first fame was when you become famous and you start to believe that god must be speaking through you. This is Greenberg. He tries to play the wimpy geek role against Golics football tough guy routine, but it’s a tired act. Greenberg can be popmpous and act like he is speaking for sports america sometimes. He’s not as bas as that self-important blowhard Colin Cowherd, but he’s close. The sports gods arent speaking through you Greenie. Your just a guy with a communications degree that got the right breaks. Theres nothing special about what he does or his talent. Golic has the ex-jock role but anyone could do what Greenberg does.

  12. Ditto65 - Sep 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Is there another Mike that can complete the Mike of Mike & Mike if they fire Mike?

  13. Utley's hair - Sep 2, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    They’re just biding their time until Ike Davis is available.

  14. Utley's hair - Sep 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Craig, doesn’t that constitute being fired for cause, then? “Being Rob Dibble” sounds like reason enough for me–maybe even an adventure/slasher movie title.

  15. BC - Sep 2, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Gotta be Ditka.

  16. Utley's hair - Sep 2, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    They’re waiting for the natural product placement in the title. Mike and Ike.

  17. BC - Sep 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Is that like “Being John Malkovich”?

  18. Utley's hair - Sep 2, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Precisely–only geared more to Dibble’s persona. He could get Nyjer Morgan as stunt coordinator…or maybe even producer.

  19. John_Michael - Sep 2, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    drum, drum, top hat.

  20. John_Michael - Sep 2, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    I’m not saying the Mike’s are great, but you’re selling them waaaaay short with ‘the anyone could do it’ stuff.

  21. John_Michael - Sep 2, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Me = idiot. High hat. Ugh.

  22. doctorfunke - Sep 2, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Right on, Matt. All I can picture when I hear/see Golic is him doing that lame “Lighter Side of Sports” show on NBC. Boy was that bad. He hasn’t gotten much better either.

  23. steelers rule - Sep 2, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Dibble is an proven IDIOT! Some network will give thsi bozo another chance and he will do same thing! Let that a-hole collect unemployment! Metrosexual and Meathead have gone downhill so fast I can’t listen or watch them 2 anymore.

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