(CBS) Friend of 670 The Score and Cubs television play-by-play man Len Kasper is widely respected throughout the media and baseball for his quality work night in and night out.
Turns out, he’s not always as well-respected on Twitter, as we found out Tuesday evening. Calling all the action as the Cubs hosted the Reds at Wrigley Field, Kasper regularly referenced the fact that Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta was carrying a no-hitter into the late innings.
We’re just taking a shot in the dark here, but we assume Kasper did that because, you know, it’s his job to tell viewers what is happening. And the no-hitter sure seemed like it was the biggest development in the game.
Well, some Cubs fans (we said “some” — this isn’t a sweeping judgment) didn’t take so well to that. After Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips broke up the no-hitter with a one-out double in the eighth inning, a few voiced their frustration at Kasper on Twitter for “jinxing” Arrieta.
Here are a few of the notable misguided ramblings that Kasper retweeted.
@LenKasper You'd think that after jinxing 3 of Arrieta's no hitters this year you would lay off and quit saying it. Unreal dude.—
Patrick Stacy (@Pat2ndToNone) September 17, 2014
@lenandjd why do you two insist on talking about it? People can read the box score to figure out what's going on. You guys are no fun!—
Fulton Reed (@mitmunrab) September 17, 2014
@lenandjd I know there's no jinxes but c'mon have some respect for the game you don't have to tell us there's a no-hitter w/ every pitch—
Mark Bahrenfuss (@Marbahr16) September 17, 2014
@lenandjd It's frustrating as a fan to hear broadcasters talk so openly about a no-hitter in progress. The discreetness is part of the fun.—
Ryan Conroy (@Ryan_Conroy) September 17, 2014
@LenKasper If not for you, the Cubs wouldn't have given up a hit yet this season. I hope you're happy.—
Richard Siegel (@Rich_Siegel) September 17, 2014
You can keep tweeting at Len, but we’re certain that he’ll keep informing you that a no-hitter is going on.
Then again, if you’re going to argue with him, you should definitely frame your point around a Jaws reference. That probably has a better chance of working.
@LenKasper I dont think its a jinx, but avoiding the phrase no hitter is like how you dont see Jaws for much of the film. It builds suspense—
Tyler (@Rogue15) September 17, 2014