Shortly after it was announced that the Red Sox are going to dump Don Orsillo, their long-time play-by-play voice, from their telecasts on NESN, the tributes started coming in, and the outrage within Red Sox nation started boiling over.
Boston.com, the Internet arm of the venerable Globe newspaper, provided a nice historical overview of top Bosox broadcasters that fans throughout New England have bonded with, resurrecting such names as Jim Britt, Tom Hussey, Curt Gowdy, Ned Martin and some of the younger whippersnappers, which you can read here:
Play-by-play announcers enjoy special place in Red Sox Nation
Jerry Thornton, a sometimes stand-up comedian who appears regularly on the The Dale & Holley Show on WEEI-FM, posted a nice retrospective of Orsillo’s funniest moments on his blog on the station’s website, featuring his five favorites. This one is my personal favorite, since it makes good fun of Jerry Remy’s Masshole accent:
You can read his post and see the other clips here:
TRIBUTE TO DON ORSILLO’S FUNNIEST NESN MOMENTS
The other side of the coin from tribute is outrage, and there is no shortage of that here, either. The Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy casts this incident as just another of a series of botched moves in a lost season that have culminated in the firing of Larry Lucchino and Ben Cherington as well:
With Don Orsillo news, Red Sox drop the ball again
Alex Reimer over at Boston Magazine believes that this firing was not just a dumb move by a clueless organization. He maintains that this change is a calculated move that “could signal a dark, propaganda-filled turn for Red Sox telecasts.”
Don Orsillo’s NESN Departure Is the Biggest Loss of the Red Sox Season
Meanwhile, one of the eggheads over the Bston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR (OK, E. M. Swift was a writer at SI for for three decades, but still … 😀 ) makes very clear that even while he is largely unimpressed with practically every other announcer he’s ever heard—including Vin Scully, for cry eye!—Don Orsillo is the very best he has ever heard. Ever.
Another Loss For The Sox: An Appreciation Of Ousted Play-By-Play Announcer Don Orsillo
Most of all, though, it is the fan base that have been making themselves heard in the only way they can: through social media. Head on over to Twitter:
Or to Facebook:
And get a taste of what The People have to say about this incident.
All we can add to this at this point is, we wish all the best of luck to you, Don. Here’s hoping everything comes up roses for you.