Monday, December 05, 2005

Careful with those captions

Tonight a local TV station, Channel 6 in Lansing, showed the sportscaster with a graphic in the background showing a baseball pitcher in mid-throw. The caption said:


I thought I recognized the pitcher. It's John Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves, a native of Lansing. Huh? This guy has a totally clean image.

Turns out Channel 6 caught up with him when he was in the area watching Michigan State play basketball. And the interview was Smoltz' opinion about steroids, specifically baseball's new anti-steroids policy, which Smoltz endorsed ringingly.

I wonder how many people misconstrued the story to be that Smoltz himself was "on steroids"? Pays for the caption guy in the control room to choose words carefully.