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Friday, November 09, 2012

NEBJ: Hangin’ Out With ... Don Orsillo

Don Orsillo has seen the Dave Matthews Band 19 times…and that just about explains everything.

How challenging was the 2012 season for you as a broadcaster, knowing that a lot of fans were probably losing interest in the team as the season wore on?

“It was different from what we are used to for sure. This was my first sub-.500 season in my 12 seasons of doing games. That said, our job really did not change much. We did the games as we saw them and the schedule was the same. No question, though, it is far easier calling wins than frustrating loses. While fans may not have been watching as much, there is no doubt there was enough drama on a daily basis to keep them interested.”

FAVORITES

Type of movies: Action/thrillers, mob movies
Movie: “The Godfather”
Actor: Kevin Costner
TV show: “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain. Honorable mentions to all CSIs, “River Monsters” and “Dexter.”
Music: “Everything from classical, opera to rock. I have seen Dave Matthews 19 times now in concert. It’s Dave 95 percent of the time.”
Favorite person to meet: “There have been many over the past 12 years but the two innings we spent talking with Kevin Costner was by far tops for me.”

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   1. villageidiom Posted: November 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4299019)
Don Orsillo has seen the Dave Matthews Band 19 times…and that just about explains everything.
Actually, Kevin Costner being his favorite actor just about explains everything. Don Orsillo is the Kevin Costner of baseball broadcasting. Not all-time great, and worthy of occasional mockery, but dependable.

I've actually been surprised how well he transitions from NESN Red Sox work to TBS playoff broadcasts. I've seen other broadcasters trip up on the different players' names, not know anything about them, etc., although now that I think of it I see that more in basketball than baseball.
   2. Darren Posted: November 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4299032)
That said, our job really did not change much....


...basically, spend several innings trying to coax my fellow broadcaster into boring stories, break into hysterics over those stories, giggle, say "Fenway stands as one," miscall a few obvious plays by guessing what was going to happen before it happened, more giggles, the end. That's about it.

   3. Rants Mulliniks Posted: November 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4299036)
The best work Dave Matthews has done in the last 15 years was his role in Just Go With It, in which he played Nicole Kidman's husband who invented the iPod and hadn't accepted he was gay.
   4. villageidiom Posted: November 09, 2012 at 03:12 PM (#4299045)
say "Fenway stands as one,"
And describe every throw to 1B as "fires to first", even if it's an underhand lob. (Which he didn't do during the playoffs. I was surprised.)

The "stands as one" thing I don't mind so much. It's his thing; he says it when it's applicable, and it's fairly innocuous. Calling him out for that seems like calling out Mel Allen for saying "How about that!" all the time. The "fires to first" thing bugs me because he says it when it's not applicable. It's so Sterling.

Who is the John Cusack of sports broadcasting?
   5. Darren Posted: November 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4299091)
I think "fires to first" fits under the miscalls things by anticipating category.

John Cusack: He'd have to be pretty average but beloved my generation because he was THE guy when we were younger. Tim McCarver?
   6. villageidiom Posted: November 09, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4299095)
John Cusack: He'd have to be pretty average but beloved my generation because he was THE guy when we were younger. Tim McCarver?
I think that fits.
   7. Mattbert Posted: November 09, 2012 at 11:27 PM (#4299417)
Vin Scully is the __________________ of sports broadcasting.

a. Jack Nicholson
b. Robert De Niro
c. Clint Eastwood
d. Dustin Hoffman

My first instinct was to say Paul Newman, but Vin is, thank heavens, still with us.
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 09, 2012 at 11:39 PM (#4299423)
Vin Scully is the __________________ of sports broadcasting.

a. Jack Nicholson
b. Robert De Niro
c. Clint Eastwood
d. Dustin Hoffman

My first instinct was to say Paul Newman, but Vin is, thank heavens, still with us


Jimmy Stewart
   9. Tuque Posted: November 09, 2012 at 11:43 PM (#4299425)
Yeah all of those guys have too much of an edge for Scully. Stewart is good, but dead. If we want not dead, then...I dunno. Tom Hanks?
   10. Dread Pirate Dave Roberts Posted: November 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM (#4299436)
Robert Redford.

And Joe Buck is Nicolas Cage.

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