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What's Wrong With This Paragraph?
2005-02-07 03:14
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Nice sentiments, but let's play "Spot the Errors" in this paragraph from Rod Beaton's debut notebook for USA Today.

Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully gets all the raves all the time. He's justifiably in the Hall of Fame. But pause a moment and toast his frequent partner, Ross Porter. He always played straight man for Vinny when not calling the game in partial role as a first-class backup. He's retiring after 28 seasons and he will be missed. He remains noted for his class, even though the Dodgers barely had enough time to give him a send-off luncheon.

1) Porter didn't retire, he was not offered a contract with extreme predjudice.

2) He wasn't Vinny's straight man, except in a metaphysical way, as they always were on the air separately in the Dodgers' one-man booth.

3) Saying "the Dodgers barely had enough time to give him a send-off luncheon" implies that they eventually found the time to do so - which they did not. Beaton is probably referring to the Southern California Broadcasters Hall of Fame lunch at which Porter was honored. (Unless there was some other private send-off luncheon by the Dodgers that we didn't hear about.)

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