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Ralph Nader hates in-game ads on Yankees broadcasts, is completely ignorant

Jun 8, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

Ralph Nader attends the Time 100 Gala ce

Ralph Nader has done a lot of good in his life. I mean, if it wasn’t for him we’d probably all be driving boss-looking Chevy Corvairs right now but then dying in horrible wrecks later. So thanks, Ralph!

But the dude has often been off-the-mark in his latter years.  Today came another instance, and it involves the Yankees.

Seems he and his fan-advocacy group, League of Fans, hates the in-game advertisements during Yankees radio broadcasts. You know the ones: “Safely at second is Jones. And your family can be safe and secure with financial protection from New York Life Insurance Company.”

I don’t like those either, but they don’t get me all bent out of shape like Nader is. He wrote to the Yankees today, complaining about the ads:

“Have you no boundaries or sense of restraint?” Nader wrote, in his position as the founder of the sports advocacy group League of Fans. “Have you no mercy on your play-calling broadcasters? … Nader recalled growing up in Connecticut listening to Mel Allen call Yankee games “when the commercials were reserved for the commercial breaks—between half-innings.” Now, he said, the between-the-batter and between-the-pitch ads “have become a significant part of the broadcast.”

Nader liked listening to the commercials-during-breaks-only days of Mel Allen? Really? He liked those back in the ideal days of youth?  Well, he musta been listening to a totally different Mel Allen broadcast than anyone else, because the rest of the Yankees fans of his vintage heard Mel Allen dropping ads for Yankees sponsor Ballantine Beer, coining the term “Ballantine Blast.” As in “Mantle drives one to right … it’s gone! There goes another Ballantine Blast! How about that!”

At other times the Yankees were sponsored by Getty Oil. The announcers would refer to “Getty Goners.” As in “there’s another Getty Goner for Graig Nettles!”  Mel Allen may have done those too, though I’m told that it lasted into the 70s.

The lesson: most of the time, when people say that things were better than when they were kids, they’re full of crap.

Unless they’re Pirates fans over 30, in which case it’s accurate.

  1. jimbo1949 - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Clueless just f’n clueless.
    ps: second opinion, you’re irrelevant.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Guess he never heard Mel call a “Ballantine Blast™”.

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        whoops, maybe I should read the whole thing before I rant

  2. sictransitchris - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    I have no stance on the radio thing but the ads on TV have gotten a little out of hand in my opinion. There are standard commercial breaks and ads on the walls around the field, there are ads in the screen bug, every action in the game is sponsored ([cell service provider] Call to the Bullpen, [car manufacturer] Drive of the Game) and last night there was a poster for Adam Sandler’s new movie plastered over almost 1/4th of the screen while CC was shaking off pitches.

    Still better than having them on the actual uniforms though.

  3. raindog - Jun 8, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    That’s a strong headline.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 8, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    I guess that Nader is living in the past and still does not have a TV set.

  5. thefalcon123 - Jun 8, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    “I mean, if it wasn’t for him we’d probably all be driving boss-looking Chevy Corvairs right now but then dying in horrible wrecks later. So thanks, Ralph!”

    Though Nader’s recent activities have proven futile at best and downright harmful at worst, the effect he had on your life is considerable.

    Seat Belts, Collapsable steering column, crash testing, air bags (numerous others)
    Clean Air Act
    Safe Drinking Water Act
    Wholesome Meats Act
    Freedom of Information Act
    Lead Protection when you get x-rays
    Nutritional labeling
    Compensation when getting bumped from a flight…
    Much, much more…

    The amount accomplished by Nader, a guy who was never elected to any office is absolutely staggering. He should have gone down in history as the perfect example of what an individual could accomplish and change in the political system without wealth or pedigree. Instead, he’s gonna go down as the guy who ran some ill-advised third party presidential campaigns. What a shame.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Well, Nader has only one true enemy and it is himself. Maybe someday his acolytes will figure that out and give the guy a fair, historical biography instead of the hagiographic crap they shriek because they cannot admit he’s often plain wrong. Bad brains ruins good talent everytime. Hey – maybe he would have made a great Mets player!

      • chew1985 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        Take it easy on my brain. Hay-gee-oh-graffick??? It’s Friday night and I just broke open an adult beverage after slaving in the afternoon sun doing yard work. What the heck does hagiographic mean?? Quit using those ten dollar words. This is baseball. Theres no ivory tower-high-fallutin’ word usage in baseball. I think Yogi Berra said that once, but nobody picked up on it like they did that “deja vu all over again” thing.

      • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:57 AM

        Sorry, Chewey, them thar big words exist. The fact that you don’t know what they mean is kinda irrelevant to their existence, and really, if we all refrained from using the vocabularies we have so assiduously accumulated while trying to anticipate what someone else didn’t know, we’d wind up communicating like Zog the Tralfamadorian from Sirens of Titan by farting and tap dancing – although, I suppose, despite the universal comprehension of farting, there might be some out there with little or no experience with dance notation either.

      • nworca - Jun 9, 2012 at 3:16 AM

        Gator, there may be many out there with no experience with dance notation.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 9, 2012 at 4:16 AM

        Did anybody else hear this when reading chew1985’s comment?

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jun 9, 2012 at 7:43 AM

      I’m making the three ring sign right now.

  6. SmackSaw - Jun 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    If he didn’t run for president in 2000, George W. Bush would be commissioner of baseball. He and Saddam Hussein would be much happier.

    • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      Saddam, certainly, and somewhere between a quarter and a half a million innocent Iraqis who, by Red Cross and Red Crescent combined estimates, we slaughtered or maimed in the hypothetical commissioner’s war of lies and corruption, and/or the widows and other survivors of the thousands of American lives we wasted there, and/or a goodly number of the victims of the massive recession our expenditure of billions of our national wealth on a futile and barbaric conflict caused.

      Then again, can you imagine what a complete mess baseball would be now if the commissioner had been an even bigger idiot than Bud Light?

      • jwbiii - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        The Lancet‘s estimate was 600,000. I don’t know if that included uniformed military.

  7. vader7176 - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Nader is about Nader. If he’s not in the news his ego demands attention. Remember, in 2000 he runs for President for the “Green” party and possibly takes key votes away from “inconveinient truth” Al Gore. Why? Because he needed the attention. Yes in his later years being an advocate is not the novelty it was when he was was one of the few. But now with everyone and his dog advocating some cause, you get Ralph who like an athlete who is past his prime, is now grasping for a look at me moment. Embarrassing.

  8. danaking - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    I am a Pirates fan. well over 30. Word.

  9. pisano - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    I thought this guy was dead.

  10. yankeesfanlen - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Ralph Nader and Mike Lupica. Together they save the world!

    Yankeeesfanlen’s comment’s…….driven by Jeep, the official car of our shortstop.

    • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:21 AM

      Mike Lupica doesn’t need Nader’s help. He just needs reliable batteries for his light saber.

  11. yahmule - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Ralph Nader did more good for Americans in his life than all the politicians in more both major parties combined over the same time frame. It wasn’t Nader’s responsibility to get Al Gore elected. Gore torpedoed his own campaign quite effectively. Running away from Clinton like he was on fire, for example. Gore’s efforts to keep Nader out of the debates were an absolute disgrace. He didn’t want someone on stage who actually represented what the Democratic party used to be before they completely sold out.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      Well-said. Someone goddamned well gets it.

      • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:06 AM

        ” It wasn’t Nader’s responsibility to get Al Gore elected. Gore torpedoed his own campaign quite effectively.” You got that right. And then Kerry the Klueless goes and hires the same bungling campaign management team that earned Gore his retirement. Ah well. Four more years….

        Nevertheless, though I must admit that I too find advertising in the middle of a game call obnoxious, Nader seem a bit like a cross between Manny Ramirez and Jamie Moyer these days.

  12. deepstblu - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Just to keep you guys up on your petroleum marketing history: the Getty name wasn’t used on gas stations until about 1970, which was after Mel Allen and the Yankees parted company. Before then, Getty’s company used the Flying A trademark.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      you bet your Flyin’ A

      • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:07 AM

        Yep, and that’s when Mutts announcers began calling home runs “Getty Goners.”

  13. sabatimus - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Well, the Yanks have to get back SOME revenue due to StubHub, right morons? 😀

  14. rarson - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    “if it wasn’t for him we’d probably all be driving boss-looking Chevy Corvairs right now but then dying in horrible wrecks later.”

    Yeah, just like the Suzuki Samaris that would roll over on a dime, or the Pinto gas tanks that would explode at the drop of a hat, or the Audi 5000s that would aggressively accelerate on their own.

    All of these, like the Corvair’s tendency to spin, are examples of exaggerated or completely fabricated claims used to push an agenda. There was nothing inherently wrong with the Corvair when it was released.

    • Old Gator - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      Yes there was – such that GM itself made significant changes to its rear suspension structure quite early on, including making roll bars optional for the late 1962 models and mandatory on later ones, after its own engineers warned it that its handling characteristics would lead to instability in tight turns at more than moderate speeds. By the time Nader published Unsafe at Any Speed there were already thousands of lawsuits filed against Chevy for handling-related accidents so the so-called “agenda” was already a reality in the legal and insurance systems; all Nader did was bring it to the attention of a wider public.

  15. jayscarpa - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    My night is not complete until I hear ‘…that was the 15th out of the game …’, then I know all is right with the world.

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