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05/06/08 12:25 AM ET
Weathers upset by Reds announcer
Veteran pitcher defends team against critical comments
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- You never know who might be listening to a ballgame on the radio. On Sunday, as the Reds dropped their fifth straight game by a 14-7 score, David Weathers was one of the Reds on Radio listeners on WLW-AM. Weathers, who was spending his final day on the disabled list, had finished a workout and was driving home. During Jeff Brantley's call of the game with Marty Brennaman, Weathers heard the following: "I'm not including everybody but there are some guys on this team ... if they win, great. If they lose, they could care less," Brantley said. Weathers took umbrage that Brantley implied the Reds were quitters. "Maybe he knows more about the game than we do," Weathers told TV reporters before the Reds played the Cubs on Monday. "If he does, congratulations, maybe he should come out with a uniform on." After the game, Weathers was stunned about the attention his comments received. "I feel like I'm on 'The View,' and I've said something to Barbara [Walters]," Weathers said. "I don't see the big deal with it. "It's easy to say [what Brantley said] when things are going tough for a team. It's easy to dogpile. I felt like he was doing that. Me and Brantley are good friends. He knows that. We take a lot of pride in what we do." Brantley is a former reliever who spent 14 years in the Majors, including 1994-97 with the Reds. He followed his playing career with a five-year stint at ESPN before joining the Reds last season as a broadcaster. Weathers said he was not still mad at Brantley. Both Brennaman and Brantley are unique in that they are the rare Major League broadcasting team that doesn't hold back negative comments about the home team. "Here's a guy who played the game," Weathers said. "There are struggles out there sometimes where you feel like you're climbing a cactus and it's hard. When you've played the game, you know it's not easy out there at times."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.