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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Media Notes

It’s the subject on the lips of every Red Sox fan out there.  The issue raging across Red Sox Nation from Caribou, Maine to Sonny McLean’s in Los Angeles…what does Jose think about the way the Sox are being covered this year?  Well, wonder no more, Jose is here to lay it on you!

NESN - NESN has done some nifty things this year.  The recent change where they show highlights of a player while he’s at bat in a small window at the bottom of the screen is a neat little way to give quick highlights while still being able to watch what is happening.  It is a bit more like being at a game where you can look up at the scoreboard and see a highlight while still looking around the field.  Dave O’Brien and Jerry Remy are a solid duo in the booth with Dennis Eckersley filling in ably from time to time (get well soon RemDawg!).  Obie isn’t Orsillo and the chemistry isn’t there either but he is good.  O’Brien seems to have tamped down his habit from last year of scoreboard watching from April 15th on.  Using Alex Speier from time to time is a good idea but it’s execution is a bit wanting.

The pre and post game shows have been pretty solid.  Tom Caron as always does a very nice job and likewise did a good job filling in for O’Brien on a recent road trip.  He also showed his chops by taking over for Obie during a game in Detroit when the flu rendered O’Brien unable to continue.  Jim Rice, Steve Lyons and Eck are fine as analysts.  Rice is amusing with the gravitas of a Hall of Famer, Lyons has mellowed a bit which is a good thing and Eck is still very candid and funny.  When called upon I think Adam Pellerin has done a nice job but this is a role that Tom Caron was born to fill.

WEEI - Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett are a nice combo.  They have grown into their chemistry over the past year and seem comfortable with each other.  It’s a bit of an odd pairing in that Joe C. doesn’t really have that classic radio voice and Neverett does.  Neverett sometimes feels a bit too polished for my liking but that’s a hard thing to complain about.  Lou Merloni is an OK fill in from time to time but I generally don’t like him.  He’s just a little too certain of his opinions and in many cases just flat out wrong about stuff.  Where good radio broadcasters should make you feel like you are engaging in a conversation (which is Castiglione’s greatest asset) it feels like Merloni is lecturing you.

- The majority of my reading about the team is Alex Speier’s excellent newsletter and whatever he might link too and the WEEI website where Rob Bradford and John Tomase keep me up to date.  Speier is the platonic ideal etc…and continues to be so.  If you need one source for Red Sox news, he’s your guy.  Tomase is a guy I am not a huge fan of but he, like Lyons, is growing on me a bit.  He is still not my favorite but he does a nice little job of recapping games and updating news.

Bradford has been interesting this year.  There is a negativity to Bradford’s posts that I’ve been noticing on a pretty regular basis that is unusual for him.  It’s not out and out “this team sucks” but it just seems that when the Sox win it’s “well that’s a win but here are some things that went wrong” and when they lose it’s “things are looking grim.”  It’s unusual because I find Bradford very good (and he still is very good) but the Eeyore approach is noticeable.

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