Analysis: Parents Thank You, Casey McGehee
By Jay Sorgi
An interesting conversation happened in the dugout following Casey McGehee's grand slam home run in the Brewers' nationally-televised victory over the New York Mets Monday night.
McGehee had an important conversation with his batting helmet, mainly involving the error he committed earlier in the game which cost the Brewers two runs.
"Me and my helmet are going to have to have a sit-down apology session later," he admitted after the game. I might have hurt its feelings."
But McGehee made a point to successfully avoid having to apologize to parents for the awkward moments parents often find themselves in when having to explain to lip-reading children that what their favorite athlete or coach said isn't exactly FCC-friendly.
It's all because of how close he brought his helmet to his mouth during the conversation.
The choice of athletes and coaches to cover their mouth while the cameras are on them as they go George Carlin isn't necessarily a monstrous trend in major sports, but it is gaining a slight amount of growth.
Marquette's own Buzz Williams, while berating the officials during the final seconds of MU's loss to Missouri in the NCAA tournament, had avid lip-readers testing their skills, before he caught himself and used his hand to block viewers from seeing the audio assault he was placing on the guys in stripes.
In each case, both most assuredly understood at some point that the nation's eyes were on them.
In McGehee's case, he saw the cameras right in front of him before placing his helmet above the lower half of his cabeza.
Usually, when we see people in major pro or college sports covering their mouths, we tend to notice football coaches talking to quarterbacks over headsets and giving a play call with language that would confuse most people, but not bring them to outrage over R-rated language.
But often, when the cameras come on them, the words that come from their mouths would need bleep machines if said sports figure is miked.
McGehee and Williams each provided a chance for parents to not have to say "oh, he said 'shoot,', not...."
Many parents around the area, and around the country, owe a debt of gratitude to these two local sports figures who chose to not go George Carlin with their comments - at least not for the public to know.