Tag:Rob Dibble
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: April 7, 2011 11:43 am

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Rob DibbleStephen Strasburg has as good an arm as the big leagues have ever seen, but he also has a Little League dad, former MASN color analyst Rob Dibble said.

Granted, Dibble said something stupid last year when he said Strasburg to "suck it up" before it became known that the Nationals' right-hander would need Tommy John surgery and was subsequently ousted from the Nationals' broadcast booth -- but he's not backing down from those comments (that he previously backed down from), but more on that later.

Dibble said recently on a video interview with FoxSports.com that it was an e-mail from Strasburg's dad that got him kicked out of the MASN booth.

"It was basically Strasburg's father [who] e-mailed the owner and basically was offended by what I said," Dibble said in the interview (and transcribed by the D.C. Sports Bog). "Now remember, I said that on my own radio show on another network, and his father e-mailed the owner and the owner wanted me out of there. So that's the bottom line."

Dibble said he wasn't exactly fired -- that he's still being paid by MASN. He added that even though he said last year his comments were "inappropriate and disrespectful," he's backtracked on that, standing by his original comments -- not his backtrack.

"It had nothing to do with the game he got hurt in Philly. He had a sold-out game against the Braves, and the people I worked with at MSN were excellent, we followed his workout regimen -- which was fantastic," Dibble said. "His warm-up was fantastic. He didn't do any of that the day that he basically walked away from the Braves start, which was sold-out. And all the money that the Nationals were making per start on Strasburg was well over seven figures. So to me, you know what kid? You've got to suck it up."

Dibble still has a show for XM/Sirius, but don't expect Strasburg (or his dad) to appear on that show anytime soon.

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 3:19 pm

Dibble not accompanying team on road trip

Rob Dibble continues to hide from public scrutiny after saying Stephen Strasburg should "suck it up" -- even though he contends he never said it at all .

Dibble will not accompany the Nationals on their six-game road trip that starts in Florida on Monday, reports MLB.com , with Ray Knight filling in as color commentator.

Dibble was expected to return to his duties Saturday but did not. MASN rejected reports that Dibble was suspended, saying Dibble simply requested the time off.

It's unknown when Dibble will return to his duties, presumably because he's massaging his bruised ego. Perhaps he should just suck it up.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 7:44 pm

Dibble defends Strasburg, himself

On Monday, Rob Dibble went on Sirius XM MLB Network Radio and said Stephen Strasburg that he should "suck it up" and continue pitching through pain.

Rob Dibble Friday, after Strasburg was diagnosed with serious arm trouble, Dibble took time from his "vacation " to backpedal. From the Washington Post 's D.C. Sports Bog , here's how Dibble tried to defend himself:
"He's an absolute animal when he's on the field," Dibble said. "And to take my comments from Monday, my comments were made about a healthy, 100 percent, strong, strapping kid. And it was more so directed as a pep talk, it was never directed towards Stephen in general, it was more my own opinion. So on a baseball only, year-round show, on MLB Network Radio, it was more baseball-generated jargon by myself, my partner and the listeners.

"Now, to have someone transcribe that, twist it and say Dibble's telling Strasburg to suck it up, that wasn't the gist of the conversation. And to have sick individuals twist it to try to make me look bad, that's fine. You can hate on me all you want.

"But now there's a bunch of sick individuals in cyberspace that are deriving some kind of sick pleasure from this injury to this young man. This young man doesn't deserve any of that. He doesn't even deserve to have me in the same breath. What he deserves is people to just understand that it's a devastating injury to any athlete, especially one of his caliber."
I'm not sure if Dibble understands that a transcription is just writing down what he said -- and he said that Strasburg should "suck it up." It was much easier back in his day as a player to play the "I was misquoted" game, but when you're part of the media and your words can live forever on the internet, you should be aware of the power that they have.

His defense was that he was talking as if Strasburg was "100 percent, strong, strapping kid" -- but he wasn't 100 percent, that's why he had been put on the disabled list. As the Nationals' color commentator, he should know this as well as anyone. No, instead it was another of the macho attempts to tell thers how much tougher it was for him "back in the day." It's funny how so many in the media get accused for being "jealous" of athletes, while the former athletes are often more jealous because they didn't play in a time when they could make as much money.

To think that people are happy because it proves Dibble wrong says quite a bit about Dibble's self-centered worldview. If anyone is actually happy about Strasburg's injury, it's because they're sick and twisted -- not because it "proves" anything about a TV commentator.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:46 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 10:11 am

Dibble to Strasburg: 'Suck it up'

Stephen Strasburg Rob Dibble is an absolute idiot.

Anyone who has listened to him call Washington Nationals games or in his previous life as Dan Patrick's sidekick know this. But in case you didn't know this much about the former Nasty Boy, well, here's further proof.

His latest opinion had to be beamed to outer space before coming back to Earth via SIRIUS XM radio because it was so stupid. Here's the Nationals' TV color commentator talking to former Nationals general manager Jim "Leatherpants" Bowden on the team's young stud Stephen Strasburg (via D.C. Sports Bog ):

Rob Dibble "OK, you throw a pitch, it bothers your arm, and you immediately call out the manager and the trainer? Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow."

He also said this: "What Mike Rizzo and Jim Riggleman do, that's totally different. They have to think of the long-term ramifications of what they're doing right now with this kid's career. As far as this kid? Stop crying, go out there and pitch. Period."

Oh, as if that wasn't dumb enough, he pulls out the card of how tough he was (when he wasn't getting beat up by his manager):

"My arm would throb. I couldn't even hold a glass of water. And you know what, Jim? I loved it."

Maybe that's why he played seven seasons and had a 6.97 ERA in his last two seasons, spent with three different teams. After arm surgery in 1994, he came back in 1995, and had a 7.18 ERA with the White Sox and Brewers. And as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post pointed out on Twitter , Strasburg has thrown 123 innings this season between the majors and minors. The most Dibble threw in a season was 99.

While Dibble obviously has trouble learning from his experiences, Kerry Wood actually has brain activity. Wood told CSNWashington.com that he'd advise Strasburg to be shut down for the rest of the season.

"I'd question whether I would send him back out and let him pitch more," Wood told John Aaron. "They're not in a pennant race."

Wood added, "He's a young kid. Pitching at this level, your adrenaline level's going to go up. And he's probably not used to pitching with that adrenaline in his system."

Or he could "pitch through the pain" and end up a talking head.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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