Say It Isn’t So, Joe! Did Tim McCarver Really Diss A Deployed Soldier in Afghanistan?

Posted January 23rd, 2012 by Tom Owens and filed in Tim McCarver, Whitey Ford
He always looked
trustworthy…

I’ve always believed in Tim McCarver. He signed my autograph request back in the early 1970s.

I’ve sat patiently listening to him do games on FOX, ignoring his numerous naysayers.

However, I’m truly concerned about the former catcher. I wrote in 2011 about tough signers making the extra effort for Americans in our military.

Well, I guess McCarver missed that feature. An unsigned card returned in a serviceman’s SASE was the icy response a letter to McCarver brought.

Anyone knows a military APO address. The letter told who was asking for the autograph.

Thank the man for his service, TM. Hall of Famer Whitey Ford did that just last week, never requesting the charitable donation he seeks per signature.

Are you really getting that much mail, Mr. McCarver? Someone opened that envelope with your name on it. Someone took the time to use the postage on the SASE to NOT honor this man’s military sacrifice that he’s making for all of us.

I’ve been watching McCarver explain baseball’s inner workings for decades. I’d love to see him analyze this.

4 Responses to “Say It Isn’t So, Joe! Did Tim McCarver Really Diss A Deployed Soldier in Afghanistan?”

  1. Spiegel83 says:

    Ouch! I am not a fan of his broadcasting and I was too young to know him as a ball player. But, that is just cold and mean.

  2. ND says:

    Do you think it is in the realm of possibility that McCarver is not opening his own mail especially since he will receiving the Ford Frick Award at the HOF ceremonies this year and that many are mailing him for a HOF auto?

    If Ford could sign for him, then really there is no excuse, but I’m just saying that McCarver might not be handling his own mail.

  3. Tom Owens says:

    Ah, good question, ND.

    However, I see on http://www.sportscollector.net that McCarver has employed this stunt for years of opening fan mail, taking out the cards and returning them UNSIGNED, wasting the postage on your SASE.

    Yes, your cards are getting returned safely. However, someone who simply marks your outer envelope REFUSED or RTS means that you can use the SASE again. And there’s no implication that your letter has been read and ignored, especially when you’re a soldier deployed in Afghanistan.

  4. Brule Laker says:

    McCarver is an idiot and a fool, and this proves it.

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