(Was that a lightning strike on the field at Sun Life Stadium on Monday night? No, just Ray Knight's telestrator pen. Screengrab of TV/MASN by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
Not nearly as compelling as the first time around, but during the second inning of Monday's Nationals-Marlins game, MASN's Ray Knight broke out his telestrator pen and started drawing...something...to make a point about...oh, I forget what it was. Crap like this happens after a 3 hour rain delay. Hey, Knight even admitted he messed it up, laughing: "Wait, I messed that one up!" Rob Dibble could learn a little something about owning up to his mistakes with a little humor and humility from Ray.
And Ray's been filling in quite admirably while Dibble remains in exile; and the more he keeps hanging around in the booth, the more his laid back, folksy style is growing on us. Part of the Dibble "charm" was tuning in to see what he'd say next. Part of Ray Knight's charm is wondering what the f*** is going to appear on the screen when he breaks out his telestrator pen. Nothing against Ray, though, but we sort of (*gasp!*) miss Dibble on the broadcast.
But we're still left trying to figure out why Dibble's Strasburg comments would be a fireable offense - and why the Nationals (not MASN?) are now letting him "twist in the wind" as the Washington Post's Leonard Shapiro put it.
So when is Dibble coming back, anyway? Is he coming back? Parsing words, the Nationals.com story about everybody's favorite heel missing this week's 6-game roadtrip put it this way:
"Dibble was expected to return to the Nationals' booth on Saturday, but he was a no-show for Saturday and Sunday's game between Washington and St. Louis."
So, does that mean Dibble was a no-show, like, he didn't call his bosses to tell them he wasn't showing up?
While you're pondering that, and pondering if there is still time to Save Rob Dibble, enjoy more Ray Knight Telestrator Art, with one fake included, of course: