I was watching today's Red Sox-Yankees game on Fox (no need to discuss that), and in the fifth inning, the subject of discussion between Joe Buck and Tim McCarver was the Red Sox historic comeback in the 2004 ALCS. And once again, as he's done a few times before when the two teams have played each other, McCarver brought up a myth that he's now passing off as fact.
"The Red Sox were congratulating the Yankees before Game 4 of the ALCS, and wishing them well for the upcoming World Series."
Bullshit. They never did anything of a kind.
In previous Red Sox-Yankees games in recent years, McCarver would bring up a story about having Jon Lieber, the former Yankees pitcher, on his old "Tim McCarver Show" in 2005 and he talked about how "unnamed" Red Sox players came up to "unnamed" Yankees players and "congratulated" them on the ALCS they were about to win before Game 4. Lieber mentioned none of the players on either team, and gave no evidence that it actually happened. No one backed up his story from either team. He came off as an angry loser, as well as a chickenshit liar. I did a Google search on it years ago and I could find no story anywhere about this ever happening.
You can read more about this, as I talked previously about this happening during the 2007 World Series in a post called "Why Can't McCarver Let This Go?"
Now McCarver is saying this statement as a fact, with no background to the story. It's no wonder he continues to be one of the most despised broadcasters doing baseball today. I guess in his mind, he doesn't have to back up the story anymore because it's now fact.