So I’m holding off commentary on the play in the world series as I’m currently tense and enthralled by how the Yankees and the Phillies are playing. It’s really been a good series except for one thing… the Fox announcers.
Now, I’ve never been a Tim McCarver hater and I’ve always thought Joe Buck was, at worst, bland. They’re doing a barely adequate job, though I wish they had someone like Joe Morgan in the booth to talk through the baseball situations. I’m not 100% sure McCarver knows what is going on with his horrible dye job.
That aside, are you telling me that Fox can’t do a better job with its pre-game? How many horrific promos for Avatar or Family Guy spin offs (that show should have stayed canceled) can they shove in? How on Earth does MLB allow Fox to massacre the pre-game? What’s wrong you ask? Well:
- Chris Rose is an empty suit with no clue how to control the idiots he’s been saddled with.
- Karros, Grace, and Ozzie are a holocaust unto themselves. These are supposed to be men who know baseball and instead spend the entire time yucking it up. A friend suggests I watch the MLB channel pre-game, I think I will.
- They’ve married promos with old game footage and made nonsense. Where are the past highlights? Where are the stats? Where is the talk of baseball? I guess Fox figures a grand introduction theme is enough to pay its respects to the World Series, but I even saw those damn dancing robots from the NFL coverage.
Even the NY Times (who is providing the BEST coverage I have seen) can’t stand the Fox coverage. In their Live Analysis from Game Four, they wrote:
Update | 8:34 p.m. The rain on Saturday night killed any chance of the ceremonial introduction of the players at Citizens Bank Park. The ritual was carried out tonight, but Fox ignored it. Oh, you sort of saw it occurring in the background of the bland pregame show, with Chris Rose, Mark Grace, Ozzie Guillen and Eric Karros. Rather than focus on the introductions, viewers heard Karros and Grace utter banalties and Rose tell Guillen, the moonlighting White Sox manager, that the exuberant Phillies fans “are cheering for you” because he picked Philadelphia to win. Really? I know what I wanted to watch — and this wasn’t it. I like to see each player introduced. I think most fans do, too. I wasn’t thrilled to watch the “keys to the game” from Cleveland, the animated star of Fox’s latest cartoon series or to see that the opening tease to the pregame show consisted of scenes from the series edited with scenes from the new film “Avatar,” a film from Twentieth Century-Fox.–R.S.
I wish some other network would take the World Series away from Fox AND demand that the games end earlier. It seems to me that our national past time should offer games that a 10 year old be allowed to stay up for. I say, let’s schedule the games so they end by 10:30.
WORST SPORTS COVERAGE EVER (well since the TBS baseball coverage).