Angelo walked up the batter’s box this morning, waited for the pitch, kept his eye on the ball, and then totally whiffed:
Lots of strong political statements yesterday from sports figures. OK, great. Is it too soon to ask — very politely — for all of these people to focus now on what they do best? The anger in America might just calm down a bit if we all had a game to watch.
— Angelo Cataldi (@AngeloCataldi) June 3, 2020
I haven’t listened to Angelo’s show this week, so I’m not sure how he’s approached the current situation. We all know he’s a smart guy when he turns off the radio shtick and presents himself like a normal human being.
But this tweet is just a “stick to sports” take, isn’t it? A more mannerly version of the Laura Ingraham “shut up and dribble” line from a few years ago. Station colleague Ike Reese, who has me blocked on Twitter for some reason, responded as such:
Angelo is the same radio host, mind you, who called Mike Trout a “pampered, spoiled brat” because he had concerns about leaving his pregnant wife to play baseball during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s always the same with Cataldi, who thinks athletes exist only for the entertainment of the fans. That’s their sole purpose in life, to go throw a football around so that we have something to watch and something to talk about, or somebody to boo at the draft. Then, if they speak up with their own personal opinion (God forbid), they’re the ones who are out of line because they make millions of dollars and we don’t.
Trotter also ripped him:
That’s easy for you to say when it doesn’t affect you Angelo!!! That’s very disrespectful and inappropriate you should be ashamed!!!!!
— Jeremiah Trotter (@JTrotter_54) June 3, 2020
EDIT 2 –
Scott O’Neil jumping in:
This is disapointing. It is not a time for silence, but a time for change and action. We all have a role in eliminating racism in America and eliminating police brutality against black men. I am proud of pro athletes who are leveraging who they are to drive needed change. https://t.co/wymsEc1Bnf
— Scott O'Neil (@ScottONeil) June 3, 2020