Mark Grace Pokes Fun at Hong-Chih Kuo’s Anxiety

In the 8th inning of Sunday’s Diamondbacks-Dodgers game, color guy Mark Grace takes a few jabs at Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo for recently hitting the disabled list due to anxiety.  Grace’s partner, Daron Sutton, appears (to my ear) to be a bit uneasy with the ribbing, but in my judgment doesn’t do enough to dissuade Grace from the path he is headed down.  I have listened to these two a lot in the past (and generally enjoyed them, I might add) and I know they have a close enough relationship to where they can tell one another anything including “knock it off” if one is getting a bit out of line.

I felt this would have been one of those times.  What do you think?  Let me know on Twitter (@sporer) or in the comments.

Daron Sutton: Hong-Chih Kuo, to be specific, placed on the DL for an anxiety disorder.

Mark Grace: What was the problem? Making too much money?

DS: I don’t think so.

MG: Playing major league baseball for a living… that’s high anxiety… man, I dunno if I’d be able to handle that.

DS: Well you actually did.

MG: (softly) That’s what I’m saying.

(h/t to @HJBosch21 for letting me know about it.  I wasn’t watching this game at the time & I’d have been watching Vin if I was.)


7 Comments to “Mark Grace Pokes Fun at Hong-Chih Kuo’s Anxiety”

  1. more shocked to hear that you (or anyone) enjoy listening to Mark Grace. as far as out-of-town announcers go, I’d have the Dbacks duo near the bottom. off of the top of my head: Reds, Dodgers, Padres announcers all top 5.

  2. all that said…great work on this site. just discovered it this year.

  3. Paul-I have to agree with Chris. I watch a lot of baseball and Sutton and Grace are the worst. They are the biggest homers I have heard in a long while. They do their best to poke fun at almost anything, but only when it happens to the DBacks opponents.
    Vin’s the best. The Padres announceers are solid as well, at least the guys who do their games on the radio. Mets announcers are very good as well.

  4. Thanks for the kind words on the site, Chris.

    I’m not sure why they’re OK to me. They aren’t tops on my listen list, but I think I like Sut’s voice a bit. And Gracie has made me laugh in the past. This knocks em down a peg or 90.

    My out of towners (I’m a Tigers fan, for the uninitiated) off the top are:

    Vin – LA

    Enberg & it doesn’t matter – SD

    Duane & Mike – SF (can you tell I like NL west coast baseball w/these first three?)

    DeWayne & Brian – TB

    Gary, Ron, Ketih – NYM

    Victor & don’t remember his partner – LAA

    Dick & Bert – Min

    young-sounding guys whose names I don’t know – Fla

    if Al Leiter is in the booth – NYY

    Rockies booth is OK, too.

    After all of those plus my own guys, Mario & Rod in Detroit, then it’s a cluster atop which Gracie & Sut are near. So at best I had em 12th. I’m not going to listen to them much anymore after this incident. It’s really off-putting. It’s not this is the first anxiety issue (Greinke, Votto, Duchscherer, Ankiel) so let’s not pretend it’s some made up BS. Very dumb of them to do that.

  5. Paul-if I am not mistaken, they made fun of Kuroda when he got hit in the head with the line drive two years ago….i am pretty sure LAD was playing AZ when it happened. I haven’t been a fan of theirs for awhile. They definitely don’t pull any punches when something bad happens to the DBacks opponents.

  6. Paul: First, a general comment on your site, which I find informative and entertaining. Thanks for your time and effort.

    Mark Grace has a great sense of humor, but I was tuned in to the broadcast you mentioned and it seemed to me that he fell victim to the show-off in him that took him into the realm of ignorance and meanness. There are many illnesses — such as anxiety and depression — that are basically biochemical imbalances that a person may have no control over. They’re no fun if you experience them, regardless of your job or income. In my opinion, Grace should reflect on his own history of alcohol abuse, and grow up.

  7. I am a Padre fan and just watched a home game without Mark ( dis) Grace. It was the most ejjoyable Padre game I have watched this season. For some reason, the broadcast was handled by Bobn Scannlin and Tony Gwynn. These two knew what they were talkiing about without boring you. I like Dick Enberg on the regular broadcast. I would like to see Mark Grace take a hike. Has he won a Cy Young award or something or nominated for the Hall Of Fame? He comes on like the last word of knowledge for pitching.

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