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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Chip Caray, tomorrow morning after this Twins-Tigers game.

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Repoz Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:21 AM | 66 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:32 AM (#3343261)
Will this be the last regular-season bottom of the ninth inning at the Metrodome?
   2. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:35 AM (#3343267)
Fantastic.
   3. Justin T Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:41 AM (#3343273)
Will this be the last regular-season bottom of the ninth inning at the Metrodome?

Man, I missed that one somehow.

FISTED!
   4. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: October 07, 2009 at 04:03 AM (#3343292)
A stitch in time ... may have saved the Detroit nine!
   5. Spahn Insane Posted: October 07, 2009 at 04:09 AM (#3343298)
Tremendous.

God, I cringed when he made that call. I could see Twin fans being both pissed and confused by it...
   6. Ray (CTL) Posted: October 07, 2009 at 04:29 AM (#3343313)
That was pretty bad. "Base hit... caught!" WTF.
   7. Alex_Lewis Posted: October 07, 2009 at 05:08 AM (#3343333)
Or when he called that ball that Granderson caught a "line drive". He's got a great voice; shame he's so stupid.

That's not fair, maybe he's just excitable.
   8. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: October 07, 2009 at 05:12 AM (#3343336)
He's got a great voice

No
   9. Phil Coorey. Posted: October 07, 2009 at 05:19 AM (#3343339)
He is a certifiable ####### moron who should not be allowed anywhere near a microphone
   10. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: October 07, 2009 at 05:20 AM (#3343341)
I can't decide if I hate Caray or Joe Buck more. Both are no-talent hacks, but I think Caray is dumber while Buck is more smug. Caray even has his own McCarver when he's teamed up with Buck Martinez...
   11. Zipperholes Posted: October 07, 2009 at 05:26 AM (#3343344)
What about "Gardenhire coming out to check for shoe polish"?

When he was with the Cubs someone referred to him as "the oldest 35-year-old man in the world," which seemed apt.
   12. Halofan Posted: October 07, 2009 at 05:33 AM (#3343348)
Joe Buck is worse precisely because he is smug about being smarter than people like Chip Caray, and yet he uses none of that intellect to differentiate himself.
   13. Zipperholes Posted: October 07, 2009 at 05:35 AM (#3343351)
And which one of you already wreaked havoc on his Wikipedia page?

"During the American League Central Division tiebreaker game on October 6, 2009, Caray raised the ire of many fans by making constant "Fisted foul" references. It led to discussion of his broadcasting style on Twitter and on several blogs."
   14. Alex_Lewis Posted: October 07, 2009 at 05:47 AM (#3343355)
No


If you say so, but I think he has decent pipes. I like his enthusiasm, too. But he acts as though every fly ball is a home run, every bloop is a line drive, and so on. Countless other missteps as well. I think he also said that the "Ump has a strike tightzone" at some point.
   15. Xpgdxbq Posted: October 07, 2009 at 05:49 AM (#3343356)

When he was with the Cubs someone referred to him as "the oldest 35-year-old man in the world," which seemed apt.


That's pretty funny, since that's how I like to describe (Jays announcer) Jamie Campbell. Though it turns out, he's actually 42. Still, he wishes he was raised in the 50's.
   16. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: October 07, 2009 at 07:02 AM (#3343363)
Not with a name like "Jamie". He needs to change it to "Herb Campbell" or "Gordon Campbell".
   17. harrball Posted: October 07, 2009 at 08:06 AM (#3343368)
Once upon a time, every batted ball was a "hot shot". All of them. Bad times, bad times.
   18. Phil Coorey. Posted: October 07, 2009 at 09:24 AM (#3343375)
It is just amazing how dumb he is - I bet the Red Sox Angels series has him.

BTW, who can ever forget "here comes the Yankees!" after every base runner they had in 2007
   19. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: October 07, 2009 at 10:51 AM (#3343379)
I think Caray's problem is he just does not know the game so he responds to the crowd. I noticed this last year during the Sox/Angels and Sox/Rays series. He got accused in Boston of being biased a lot which I don't think was the case. Drew's Game Two homer was a great example, he called it like a routine fly ball because the crowd was silenced but the ball was destroyed and wound up well beyond the center field fence, it was a no doubter.

He just does not understand what he is seeing. He reads the ball off the bat worse than Terrence Long.
   20. flournoy Posted: October 07, 2009 at 11:57 AM (#3343387)
But he does have some high quality eyebrows.
   21. alkeiper Posted: October 07, 2009 at 12:31 PM (#3343393)
They mentioned the broadcast teams last night. Caray/Darling are covering the Twins/Yankee series.
   22. frannyzoo Posted: October 07, 2009 at 12:37 PM (#3343395)
For years now I've "watched" playoff and near playoff baseball by refreshing the box score on Yahoo and the game threads here at BTF. I don't see how you folks can stand one second of Fox TV baseball, regardless of announcer.

Then again, I've always been enchanted by the idea of radio recreations of games by announcers using teletype updates from miles away. Imagination trumps "reality", especially when folks like Caray are supposedly relaying the "reality".
   23. 185/456(GGC) Posted: October 07, 2009 at 12:38 PM (#3343397)
Announcers usually don't bother me, but I don't care for his home run call. What was it? "Track. Wall. Yard." Not a fan of that.
   24. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: October 07, 2009 at 12:44 PM (#3343401)
Generally the announcers don't bother me too much though ESPN's Miller/Morgan/Phillips team pushed me over the edge this year. Even a guy as bad as Caray is just background noise when I'm watching a game though.
   25. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 07, 2009 at 12:50 PM (#3343405)
I don't see how you folks can stand one second of Fox TV baseball, regardless of announcer.


chip Caray works for TBS.
   26. frannyzoo Posted: October 07, 2009 at 12:56 PM (#3343412)
chip Caray works for TBS.


sorry..shows how out of touch I am. Still, from my recollection there ain't much of a difference when it comes to suck between those two outfits in this regard.
   27. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: October 07, 2009 at 01:00 PM (#3343413)
Then again, I've always been enchanted by the idea of radio recreations of games by announcers using teletype updates from miles away. Imagination trumps "reality", especially when folks like Caray are supposedly relaying the "reality".
I'm imagining Caray calling that play the same way even after reading it off a teletype.
   28. 185/456(GGC) Posted: October 07, 2009 at 01:04 PM (#3343417)
sorry..shows how out of touch I am. Still, from my recollection there ain't much of a difference when it comes to suck between those two outfits in this regard.


You're missing out on Craig Sager's sartorial dominance!
   29. bunyon Posted: October 07, 2009 at 01:12 PM (#3343433)
For years now I've "watched" playoff and near playoff baseball by refreshing the box score on Yahoo and the game threads here at BTF. I don't see how you folks can stand one second of Fox TV baseball, regardless of announcer.

Turn the sound off. Fox overproduces much worse than TBS. With the sound off, TBS is far superior.


There should be a switch to turn High Def off for when Craig Sager comes on screen. Egad.
   30. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: October 07, 2009 at 01:15 PM (#3343440)
He reads the ball off the bat worse than Terrence Long.

Come on, there's no need for obscenities.
   31. 185/456(GGC) Posted: October 07, 2009 at 01:30 PM (#3343466)
Turn the sound off. Fox overproduces much worse than TBS.


TBS had some weird camera angle last nite. I think it was from one of the outfield corners.
   32. Barnaby Jones Posted: October 07, 2009 at 01:37 PM (#3343474)
Every time I tune into a game with Ron Darling, I spend the first 5 minutes wondering why they let James Woods into the booth.
   33. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: October 07, 2009 at 01:55 PM (#3343504)
Every time I tune into a game with Ron Darling, I spend the first 5 minutes wondering why they let James Woods into the booth.


I spent four hours yesterday asking myself "who does he sound like?"

So, all I can say is thank you very much.
   34. amcg Posted: October 07, 2009 at 02:07 PM (#3343529)
Every time I tune into a game with Ron Darling, I spend the first 5 minutes wondering why they let James Woods into the booth.
THANK YOU!!!

I couldn't work it out at all. That's EXACTLY who he sounds like...
   35. SouthSideRyan Posted: October 07, 2009 at 02:25 PM (#3343556)
Chip Caray's not even the worst of TBS's play by play guys. Dick Stockton, the decrepit old coot doesn't know what sport he's watching half the time.
   36. Perry Posted: October 07, 2009 at 02:34 PM (#3343571)
Ron Darling is probably the only color man around who would describe a catcher's attempt at diplomacy between an ump and a pissed-off pitcher by referencing Dag Hammarskjold.
   37. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 07, 2009 at 02:37 PM (#3343574)
On a positive note, Dan Schulman and Soup Campbell are excellent on the radio, and I really enjoyed their call of the game last night.
   38. 185/456(GGC) Posted: October 07, 2009 at 02:37 PM (#3343576)
Stockton and Harrelson were the first crew I remember broadcasting games. This was back in '75 with the Red Sox. I don't recall them drawing any ire from fans back then. Howard Cosell was the only hated announcer of that era that comes to mind. I suppose they may have been better when they were younger. Do broadcast guys have a peak age?
   39. SoSH U at work Posted: October 07, 2009 at 02:45 PM (#3343582)
On a positive note, Dan Schulman and Soup Campbell are excellent on the radio, and I really enjoyed their call of the game last night.


I'll back this. I listened to about half the game in the car, and those two guys were quite good. Soup has really grown on me over the years, perhaps because of what has followed him at ESPN.
   40. The Essex Snead Posted: October 07, 2009 at 02:51 PM (#3343591)
Stockton and Harrelson were the first crew I remember broadcasting games. This was back in '75 with the Red Sox. I don't recall them drawing any ire from fans back then. ... I suppose they may have been better when they were younger.

"May have been?" We're talking 34 years! I imagine Stockton was at the top of his game, and Hawk was probably less Hawkish than he is now. Tho I can't say for sure, given I was busy making boom-boom in my diapers back then -- I'm basing my assessment of Stockton on clips of national NBA broadcasts he did back in the day. & fittingly, on most of the clips I saw, Stockton was paired w/ the NBA's version of the Hawk, Tom Heinsohn!
   41. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 07, 2009 at 02:53 PM (#3343596)
I think Soup may be the best analyst in any sport. When he provides a statistic it is only if it advances the broadcast and not merely to provide a statistic. I think he also understands and knows the players strengths and weaknesses extremely well (at least I've never thought 'what the #### are you talking about, have you ever seen this guy play?'). He's always reminding the listener of what's ahead (either in the lineup card) or warming in the pen, which is extremely valuable when you're in your car w/o internet access or TV pictures.
   42. Old Matt Posted: October 07, 2009 at 02:57 PM (#3343603)
Dan Schulman's a pro. Always buried on ESPN.
   43. bunyon Posted: October 07, 2009 at 02:58 PM (#3343605)
Chip > Buck if only because Chip actually seems to like baseball. Okay, he overdoes it on occasion and isn't a great reader of what is going on the field. He seems to like it and think it's a good sport. Buck spends most of his time talking about gossip and football.
   44. JMPH Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:00 PM (#3343611)
I would have loved to see Hawk Harrelson call last night's game. Just knowing that watching those two teams battle for the Central would be hell on Earth for him would make it a terribly entertaining evening.
   45. The Essex Snead Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:02 PM (#3343613)
Is there any listing of who the PBP / analysts are for the national MLB radio broadcasts? I'm assuming Schulman & Soup are doing one of the ALDSes, w/ Miller & Morgan being foisted on the other, but have no idea who's doing what for the NL.

EDITed so I'm actually asking the question I meant to ask.
   46. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:06 PM (#3343623)
On a positive note, Dan Schulman and Soup Campbell are excellent on the radio, and I really enjoyed their call of the game last night.

Seconded (fourthed?). I was running errands for the first five innings and very much enjoyed listening to their call of the game.
   47. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:12 PM (#3343639)
Guessing that Dave Barnett will work a game, Hershiser will be an analyst somewhere. Here's hoping Rooney's been hired to do one of these.

I know Gary Thorne works 1,000 hours a week, so he's a candidate.
   48. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:23 PM (#3343658)
According to this thread, Chris Berman (!) is going to call the first two games of the Rockies-Phillies series on ESPN radio with Rick Sutcliffe.

Jon Sciambi is doing the Dodgers-Cardinals series with World Series Hero Brett Boone (Aaron Boone). Miller and Steve Phillips are on Yankees-Twins, and Shulman and Campbell on Red Sox-Angels.

Presumably Miller-Phillips and Shulman-Campbell will do the LCSes, most likely AL and NL respectively, unless AL is Twins-Angels.

Anybody with Gameday Audio should listen to the Cardinals-Dodgers series on KABC, however, because Vin Scully is going to broadcast 6 innings of each game, including the road games.
   49. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:23 PM (#3343659)
I would have loved to see Hawk Harrelson call last night's game. Just knowing that watching those two teams battle for the Central would be hell on Earth for him would make it a terribly entertaining evening.
Bad guys leading the bad guys 5-4 heading to the bottom of the 10th!
   50. WillYoung Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:30 PM (#3343669)
I would have loved to see Hawk Harrelson call last night's game. Just knowing that watching those two teams battle for the Central would be hell on Earth for him would make it a terribly entertaining evening.


We brainstormed in the crowd yesterday and decided the best person for the Twins to have had throw out the first pitch last night would have been Ozzie (rather than Jacque Jones, who thankfully managed to neither bounce four times or throw the pitch into the net behind the plate).
   51. Craig in MN Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:37 PM (#3343676)
(rather than Jacque Jones, who thankfully managed to neither bounce four times or throw the pitch into the net behind the plate).

It was his last chance to make his first good throw in the Metrodome.
   52. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:37 PM (#3343677)
(rather than Jacque Jones, who thankfully managed to neither bounce four times or throw the pitch into the net behind the plate).

But the runner on third still beat the throw to the plate.
   53. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:37 PM (#3343678)
Bad guys leading the bad guys 5-4 heading to the bottom of the 10th!

Both teams scored on "gift runs."
   54. 185/456(GGC) Posted: October 07, 2009 at 03:37 PM (#3343681)
Seconded (fourthed?). I was running errands for the first five innings and very much enjoyed listening to their call of the game.


It's a radio game anyways. And they kept me more abreast of what was going on than the Red Sox crew normally does. I like Castig and O'Brien, but this is one of their weaknesses.
   55. pthomas Posted: October 07, 2009 at 11:58 PM (#3344494)
If it wasn't for the mute button and the 5 second skip on my DVR, I wouldn't watch.....
   56. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: October 08, 2009 at 12:02 AM (#3344497)
What did you do before the DVR was invented?
   57. Mike Emeigh Posted: October 08, 2009 at 12:07 AM (#3344509)
I have MLB.com's audio and XM radio, which gives me all kinds of options for listening. I have the Twins' local broadcast on right now.

-- MWE
   58. Santanaland Diaries Posted: October 08, 2009 at 12:31 AM (#3344547)
I have the Twins' local broadcast on right now.


Why ever would you want to do that to yourself?
   59. Santanaland Diaries Posted: October 08, 2009 at 12:31 AM (#3344549)
What happened there? Did the kid wink at him or something?
   60. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 08, 2009 at 12:41 AM (#3344562)
Bad guys leading the bad guys 5-4 heading to the bottom of the 10th!

Even better, the game would be televised in utter silence as Hawk sits there fuming, similar to when the Sox have a game get away late.

That said, I've come around and started to really like listening to Hawk.

Chip, on the other hand, is terrible.
   61. Andere Richtingen Posted: October 08, 2009 at 01:03 AM (#3344593)
Howard Cosell was the only hated announcer of that era that comes to mind.

In Southern California, Dick Enberg was considered to be a joke when he was the announcer for the Angels.
   62. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: October 08, 2009 at 02:13 AM (#3344653)
I'm curious what everyone thought of Brian Anderson this afternoon during the Phillies-Rockies game.
   63. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 08, 2009 at 03:08 AM (#3344671)
On a positive note, Dan Schulman and Soup Campbell are excellent on the radio, and I really enjoyed their call of the game last night.

####. I REALLY miss having Shulman do the Blue Jays games.

Sigh.
   64. rr Posted: October 08, 2009 at 03:15 AM (#3344679)
I want to add my support for Schulman/Campbell. I was coming home from work and caught innings 10-11 on the car radio.
   65. rr Posted: October 08, 2009 at 03:16 AM (#3344681)
don't see how you folks can stand one second of Fox TV baseball, regardless of announcer.


My favorite FOX announcer is Dick Button's brother, Mute.
   66. Eric P. Posted: October 08, 2009 at 04:44 AM (#3344730)

####. I REALLY miss having Shulman do the Blue Jays games.

Sigh.


Yeah, I don't know a single Blue Jays fan who isn't nostalgic for the days of Dan & Buck. It's a shame he mostly covers basketball nowadays.

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