What’s next for the TBS announcers? Will they start chanting “Beat L.A.”? If TBS cameras panned the broadcast booth, would they catch the announcers doing the tomahawk chop?
Talk about Southern cooking. As far as a lot of fans are concerned, the Dodgers are getting sauced in TBS’ coverage.
...And the fact that TBS is based in Atlanta, and that play-by-play man Ernie Johnson Jr. has a long history with the Braves, might make Dodgers fans suspicious of their allegiances (Johnson’s father was the Braves’ play-by-play announcer for four decades).
But tonally — in what the announcers say, how they say it, with the level of detail they provide — the TBS crew of Johnson, Ron Darling and Cal Ripken seems by many to have had a decidedly pro-Braves bent. And that has Dodgers fans a little bent as well.
...•A lack of story lines for the Dodger players, while unloading mounds of material on the Braves.
•Comments early in the game about ball and strike calls all going the Dodgers’ way.
•The gushing over Braves pitcher Mike Minor’s performance, even as Zack Greinke is matching him nearly pitch for pitch. “Mike is really in a rhythm right now,” Ripken said in the sixth inning.
•In talking about pitchers as generally poor hitters, never acknowledging that Greinke, who is on the mound as they’re discussing this, hit .328 in the regular season.
•Talk of how Greinke is “struggling,” as they flash a graphic in the fourth inning showing he’s given up no walks and four hits against a lineup that won 96 games in the regular season.
•Their easy acceptance of Dee Gordon being called out on his pivotal steal attempt in the ninth, though at least some replays seemed to show he beat the tag.
Posted: October 06, 2013 at 05:27 PM | 28 comment(s)
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