With all the ink and pixels spilled about yesterday’s White Sox-Orioles game, which even non-baseball fans know by now spectators were not allowed to attend for safety concerns*, you just had to know there were going to be some unique moments in broadcasting the game. And of course there were. Here are two of them:
Gary Thorne, long time broadcasting for multiple sports and currently the Orioles play by play guy for MASN, took the opportunity to goof around by announcing one of the hitters as though it were a televised golf match:
On the Sox’ side of the booth, Hawk Harrelson’s suitably subdued call for the O’s Chris Davis home run in the first inning was quiet enough that, given the overall quietude of the unpopulated ballpark, you can actually hear Thorne’s excited home run call from the booth next door:
You can’t make this stuff up, and fortunately, I don’t have to. Thank you, Internet.
* – Although closing off the game to the public was an understandable and defensible call to make at the time, made while the violence of the protests was in full swing, by game time the streets were mostly quiet, and the area around the ballpark seemed safe enough to the few dozen or hundreds of onlookers that took in the game from outside a locked gate.
Cubs radio job draws hundreds of pros … and fans. Over 400 resumes have poured in for the new third announcer position on Cubs radio broadcasts airing on new flagship WBBM-AM, not only from pros, but from dewey-eyed “lifetime Cubs fans who got an autograph from their favorite player when they were 7. Because of that, they are perfect for the job.” Yes. That is perfect.
MLB’s Awful Blackout Rules Are Finally Under Attack In Court. If you haven’t read this Deadspin piece, consider clicking the link and doing so.
MLB Blackout Restrictions are the Same Old Story. An op-ed piece against the restrictions by generally excellent Vice News.
Shedding Light on Blackouts: Nothing Wrong with MLB’s Territorial Rights. Here’s a relatively contrary point of view presented without comment, other than to say be sure to read the comments as well.
Manfred predicts resolution in Orioles, Nationals TV dispute. The crux of the biscuit lies in what “fair market value” means, dictating what the Orioles, supermajority owner of MASN, should be paying the Nationals for their games on the RSN. The Nats are looking for a 3x annual increase for post-2012 games versus pre-2012 games.
Tigers to appear on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball 3 times in May. What, no Yankees? What are we supposed to complain about now?
Nationals’ outfielder Jayson Werth’s likeability questioned by John Feinstein. Interesting question: do baseball players owe beat writers not only their time and attention, but their pleasantness and deference as well? And are writers justified in criticizing players’ personalities when they feel players don’t sufficiently comply?
Harrisburg, Penn. radio station dumps Phillies for Nationals. Insert Phillies on-field-performance jokes here. Remember, also, that Harrisburg is home to the National’s Double-A affiliate.
Louisville Baseball Releases 2015 Radio Schedule. Fifty-three of the university’s regular season games, all postseason games to be aired on 93.9 The Ville or 1450 WXVW.
Great Lakes Loons hire Chris Vosters as new play-by-play announcer. Chris Vosters called two seasons in the collegiate summer Northwoods Baseball League.
Lexington radio station to broadcast Blowfish games. Z93.1 The Lake will broadcast play-by-play action for all 56 games for the Coastal Plain League team for the 2015 season, plus any playoff games they might play.
Signups for 2015 MLB.TV are underway. Baldly promotional release, although it’s entertaining the way the Brit calls the package “brilliant.”