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Phillies Announcer Matthews Calls Mets 'Crybabies'

You don’t earn the nickname “Sarge” by being a laid back sycophant who doesn’t voice his opinions and own them without regret. Consequently it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews, who was nicknamed Sarge during his playing days for his take-charge attitude, was brash in his denunciation of the Mets during Wednesday’s game, calling them “crybabies.”

The comment stemmed from an incident in which Placido Polanco of the Phillies was nearly hit by a pitch from the Mets’ Mike Pelfrey. Polanco wears an elbow guard, and Pelfrey got hot because he thought the guarded-up Polanco purposely leaned towards an off-speed pitch. Everyone’s backs went up, including Matthews’, who’s seen enough vitriol between these two hated rivals in the last few years to feel right at home in denigrating the Mets with some good old-fashioned name-calling.

After his on-air comments, a reporter with the Daily News (N.Y.) spoke with Matthews outside the booth and asked him about it. Matthews, as you’d expect, didn’t shy away from what he said.

“Tell them Sarge said it – the Mets are crybabies,” Matthews said. “That’s why they lose.”

Ouch. After Matthews and the reporter separated, Matthews reportedly doubled back. He closed his fists and made crying motions under his eyes.

“Make sure you have tears, like this,” he said.

It bears mentioning that Matthews’ son, Gary Matthews Jr., was waived by the Mets last year. 

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Longhorn Network Preparing For Friday Launch

Want to know what the world will be missing out on during the debut of the Longhorn Network?

Well, the homeless home of the University of Texas will go live Friday at 6 p.m. CT from the South Mall on the UT campus. The College GameDay crew will join Lowell Galindo, Samantha Steele and Kevin Dunn during a two-hour show that will preview the upcoming Longhorns football season.

The No. 4-ranked Texas women’s volleyball team will take on Pepperdine in the first televised sporting event on the Longhorn Network at 8 p.m. CT. Carter Blackburn and Heather Cox will call the action and Steele will report from the sidelines.

Texas All-Access will wrap up the evening, providing access to football coach Mack Brown and the UT program as they prepare for their Sept. 3 home opener against Rice.