Mindbender here…a true Catch-22.
But there is a Milo Hamilton-sized problem with the broadcast. It’s a problem that Ford’s powerless to solve, and that problem is color analyst Steve Sparks.
Sparks is a former major league pitcher. He’s been a pre and post-game analyst for Fox Sports Houston the past several seasons, but was mainly kind of a “meh” presence—Art Howe was the best of that revolving group used by FSN. Sparks did a game with Bill Brown last season when Jim Deshaies took a day off, but otherwise, he doesn’t have much broadcast experience. So it was kind of a surprise when he was thrust into a prime broadcasting job this off-season.
...There was absolutely no need for new broadcasters. When they were unbridled from Milo Hamilton, Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond formed a fan-friendly team that made a nice use of stats, social media interaction and accurate game descriptions with strong, sometimes critical analysis of the team when it was called for. They patiently bided their time, built a rapport with listeners, and did their jobs they best they could, especially since they had the whole Milo Hamilton thing with which to contend. But instead of being rewarded, the Astros punished them. And now the Astros are punishing the listeners with a broadcast that, hard to believe, makes one long for the days of Milo Hamilton drooling over attractive women, talking about how much better it was in the days of Hank Aaron and discussing anything but the actual game on the field.
The Astros are a bad team. Bad, but improving from game to game. The radio broadcast shouldn’t be bad, especially with most of the city still unable to watch on television. Yet the radio broadcast is so bad it’s almost unlistenable, as if Astros brass made a conscious decision during the off-season to drive away any people who might want to follow the team on the radio.
The team deserves better. The fans deserve better. So here’s hoping that Reid Ryan’s listening in from time to time and planning a few changes for next season.
Posted: June 28, 2013 at 07:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
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