This year, however, the comparisons (a) aren't limited to the campaign trail; and (b) aren't limited to the current playoff race. Get Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank during a press conference about the bailout negotiations on Friday:
"Before McCain came in, we thought we were working," Frank says. "McCain comes in, it gets screwed up, now McCain leaves -- I dunno, it's like Jimmy Piersall."Maybe that's a reach, but if McCain walks up to the podium backwards while wearing a little league batting helmet for the next debate, I'll start to believe that Frank is on to something.
A reporter in the back starts to interrupt with an unrelated question, but another one, perhaps more familiar with the rhetorical stylings of the Massachusetts congressman, shushes him with a flapping hand. Everyone wants to hear about Jimmy Piersall, including those who have no idea who he is. Frank's metaphors can be quite snarky and delightful. This one is about Piersall's years as an outfielder with the Boston Red Sox in the '50s and how he would cure his own boredom by waiting until the very last second to snag fly balls -- which is kind of like McCain, Frank says, swooping in with drama at the very end.