Bobby Murcer’s Passing, Brought to You by Nike

We will leave final All-Star ruminations to Brooks when he can brog himself out of bed this morning, but he did send a picture from the game that was buried in all 87 hours of coverage of last night’s contest. Therefore, we present again: Bobby Murcer’s death, sponsored by Nike. Nike: Stop doing it.

Yankee Stadium Bobby Mercer Nike tribute

As one of the commenters pointed out in last night’s liveblog, Murcer’s taped tribute didn’t get air time until extra innings. At first, we thought perhaps Joe Buck ran out of time while trying to get through all the names of the middle managers in MLB Accounting (keeping the books at a toasty 425 degrees since 1947!). However, now we wonder if Nike held rights to Mercer tributes through the first nine innings.

A word to Tim Lincecum, whose flu-like symptoms put him in the hospital briefly last night: the fellow in the dark robe with the extraordinarily sharp walking stick offering you a deal with Nike to wear their shoes “in perpetuity” wasn’t a Nike attorney. That actually was Phil Knight. He’s such a kidder. (Don’t sign.)

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