Last week, Adam Dunn struck out looking with the bases loaded vs. Randy Johnson, who you may recall was going for win 300. It was obviously a huge play in a game that eventually led to Johnson reaching his historic milestone. Dibble took issue with the call, as you surely remember, saying, “You can’t just call strikes because a guy is going for his 300th victory.” This prompted ESPN’s Rob Neyer to write a blog post about Dibble’s outrage (over a pitch that was actually a strike), which was highlighted by several beautifully crafted back-handed compliments:
Really, I just wanted an excuse to write about Rob Dibble. For years, I was less than a fan of his work at various networks. So you can imagine my shock, when I realized that I sort of like him in his current role with the Nationals. Yes, he’s still a blowhard who believes that if you didn’t play the game, you don’t know anything about it. But he’s got a good voice, he’s quite a bit smarter than you probably think, and he’s not been pulling his punches while the Nationals have become the biggest joke in the game.
Dibble, equipped with his typical no-nonsense sass, replied to Neyer with two tweets around 12:30AM today, which he has since deleted. Luckily, Twitter search kept the evidence intact:
See, what he did there was mock Neyer for something he did about 20 years ago. Or around the same time Dibble was finishing up the second of his four productive seasons in the big leagues. Hard to say whose career path has trended upwards since then: the ESPN senior writer or the color analyst for the Washington Nationals.
(H/T: Federal Baseball)