I like the part where Ernie “The Cat-nap” Johnson thinks he’s “digging into numbers” by comparing players ages.
TBS is still new to this, and each year has been a little better than the last. (Losing Chip Caray helped.) But it’s as if TBS has watched the other, more experienced broadcasts and taken the exact wrong things from them. Like the old-boy-network baseball Luddite-dom of Joe Morgan? Meet Bob Brenly! Like Kevin Millar’s and John Kruk’s interpretation of “analysis” as back-slapping, locker-room towel-snapping, when-in-doubt-just-start-laughing? Hi, David Wells! Like the dulcet, comforting tones of Vin Scully but tired of all that annoying knowledge of the sport he’s broadcasting? Come on down, Dick Stockton!
... It at times felt like the baseball broadcast version of the Bleacher Report, the search-engine-optimization-manipulating content-farming Website that Turner Sports bought earlier this year and was openly shilling throughout the games this weekend. All that was missing was an inning shown to us via slideshow.
At this point I feel obliged to point out that at no point on Sunday did TBS do anything even a quarter as dumb as what Bleacher Report does about 5,000 times a day. I’d feel bad even mentioning the two in the same sentence if TBS didn’t insist on doing it themselves.
... This would be no big deal if this were just any old series. There are plenty of local broadcasters who don’t know what they’re doing, either. And besides, complaining about the broadcasters, whether they’re good or bad, is part of the fun of being a sports fan. But these aren’t any old series: This is the playoffs. TBS is showing baseball at its best with baseball broadcasting at decidedly less than that.
When I could see it anyway. When discussing the shadows at Busch Stadium late in the Cardinals-Nationals game on Sunday, Brenly said, “Visibility is such a huge part of the game.” You’re telling me, pal.
Posted: October 09, 2012 at 06:10 AM | 55 comment(s)
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