I see that there's already a post about this over in the forum from a more personal perspective, so you can go and peep that if you're in a ranty mood this morning, but I thought I'd shed a little light myself on Evan's blog post from last night, which is oddly titled "Adrian Beltre's regret: He couldn't really yell after Josh Hamilton's fourth homer":
Beltre hit in front of [Shawn] Green on that night in May, 2002. On Tuesday, he was on deck for each of Hamilton's four home runs. It caused him his one regret. He couldn't express himself like he might normally.
A year ago, Beltre was caught on a Rangers broadcast loudly exclaiming - with an added expletive - his approval of a monster homer.
"That was my one regret," Beltre said. "I didn't get to enjoy it as much as I might have liked. Who knows what I might have yelled."
Now, it doesn't appear that either Evan or Adrian come right out here and declare that Beltre is being censored by the Rangers' P.R. people, but that definitely seems to be the implication. Jeff Wilson says that both Michael Young and Beltre let loose with a collective -- but inaudible on the telecast -- "oh s---!" in the on-deck circle on the fourth home run, but, again, reading between the lines, it sounds like somebody got into Beltre's ear with respect to his excitable brand of profanity, and told him to cut that out.
I get it, I guess. FSNSW and the Rangers want to market themselves to the broadest possible demographic, and, like it or not, that means keeping the telecasts relatively clean and unoffensive and "family-friendly." (Unfortunately, this guideline does not preclude inning-long discussions on baked goods.) That goal is theoretically undermined if one of your star players is occasionally screaming four-letter expletives loud enough for the crowd mic to pick them up, so, again, I guess I get it. But just because I get it doesn't mean that I have to like it, and the notion that we're going to have to live without any future "OH S---!" gold because it might offend somebody out there somewhere is kind of a bummer for the adult viewers with fully developed senses of humor.
Therefore, in protest of Beltre's apparent authority-imposed silence, I'm going to repost this:
Take that, America.