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TBS on the right track
Posted by Herb at 10/4/2007 1:41:00 PM
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The TBS production of the playoff games hasn't been perfect. I've noticed that some of the announcing isn't as polished as it should be and there have been some camera snafus, but overall they are doing a few things that I really do like.

-I'm not getting bombarded with a ton of crazy graphics and sound clips. Outside of the silly "first base lead" graphic that they put up when a runner is on first, most of the images that TBS uses are very understated and simple. That's the way it should be. Get me the information without the distractions.

-I like how TBS sometimes goes to the studio between innings and not always to a commercial break. Cal Ripken and Frank Thomas may not be the greatest analysts in the game, but cutting to an ingame discussion for a few minutes during the game was something I enjoyed. It's better than commercials.

-Speaking of commercials, one of the things that I've loved so far is that there aren't a multitude of incredibly violent commercials during each break. This is something I would have never noticed or even cared about until I had kids. Trying to watch an NFL game on FOX or CBS without a number of people being shot point blank (24) or laying dead in the street with bullet wounds (CSI) is impossible. It's really hard to watch a game with my five-year-old son these days. The only downside is that Frank Caliendo is being shoved down my throat. I'll still take that over a group of terrorists trying to gun down some FBI guy.


And the TBS producers are smarter than the Phillies, too. Case in point, as soon as Jose Mesa walked the first batter he faced the producer showed a Philadelphia bullpen without anyone warming up. Jose Mesa continues to struggle with his command and the cameras keep panning to the pen with each terrible pitch. Finally, after Mesa gets Josh Fogg to bunt out on a 2-1 pitch the bullpen gets up. Cameras keep panning and panning. Only after Yorvit Torrealba, a first-pitch fastball hitter, knocks a first-pitch fastball into right center for a two-run double do the Phillies mercifully remove Omar Vizquel's best friend.
Posted by jtopper at 10/4/2007 2:52:00 PM
Give credit to the announcers also, the one guy said "They better be careful, if they pitch inside to Matsui, he'll hit it out of the park". Next pitch, grand slam.
Posted by kevinccp at 10/4/2007 3:06:00 PM
2 more things:

1. Is Craig Sager trying to become the Don Cherry of baseball with those suits?
2. Tony Gwynn should being doing voices for Cartoon network, not broadcasting.
Posted by kevinccp at 10/4/2007 3:48:00 PM
Mostly agree, but LOL at Caray/Gwynn begging for a sac bunt from Jeter with two on and no out.
Posted by Erickson at 10/4/2007 5:26:00 PM
The over the top graphics and sound effects at Fox has annoyed me for years.
Posted by bwitt at 10/4/2007 6:12:00 PM
Fox won't be happy until all sports are played in an arcade. I wouldn't say TBS is dramatically better, but it's more understated, agreed.

As always, the Yankee hitters waste more time than anyone. I wish MLB would do something about the "take and rake" (to borrow Sheehan's term).
Posted by spianow at 10/4/2007 6:35:00 PM
I'm loving non-fox baseball. Bracing for impact for the ALCS.
Posted by schoenke at 10/4/2007 6:37:00 PM
Two thoughts, first on TBS, I think they are doing fine, but I've always thought there broadcasts sounded like they were inside a bunker. Like the difference between college football games on ABC vs. CBS. On the CBS games, you can feel the crowd, with ABC it's hard to tell if anyone is there. Kind of the same deal with TBS right now.

Second, I am not up to speed on all the baseball teams, but what's with Jose Mesa getting booed after his first pitch? I realize there is some history there, and he probably wasn't the best option, but come on, what's the point of booing after one pitch? Sometimes fans have to step back and consider what they are doing and why they are doing it. Can booing after one pitch possibly help the cause? I doubt it. The fans in Philly chose to get some frustration out yesterday, problem is, they were still in the game at that point. Save the booing for when he gives up the runs, not after one pitch.

Posted by greg_vara at 10/5/2007 1:03:00 PM

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