Posted 16 October 2013 - 02:54 PM
I think Pedro has been a pleasant surprise for me and Olbermann has grown on me throughout the past two weeks. Verducci is ok and I think Sheffield is actually pretty decent. I'm glad they got rid of Dirk Hayhurst as I didn't find him knowledgeable or funny- a bad combo. Little things like "Who's your daddy" and the Olbermann mustache face Pac Manning eliminated opponents make it better in my opinion.
Fox.... I absolutely despise Joe Buck. At this point I can appreciate McCarver (which is probably not a popular sentiment), but it's completely ruined by Buck who is an even douchier version of Hayhurst. I think the pre-game show has been helped by having the MLBN guys instead of Jeanie Zelasko and Kevin Kennedy, but using the NFL music angers me and I just don't like the overall production of the product.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 03:23 PM
Dick Stockton didn't watch a ballgame all year, that was obvious during the Pirates-Cards series. You could cook a pizza in the time it took him to look at his scorecard to find guys' names.
This guy, Ernie Johnson, is just unpleasant to listen to. Is his diaphram broken? He is all throat. His voice could give out at any second. I find it distracting.
The best of the 4 LCS crews was easily Buck Martinez, Don Orsillo and Dennis Eckersly. Orsillo and Martinez are regulars season announcers for the Red Sox and Blue Jays anyway, so they know players' names at least, and I personally like Orsillo's low key style. Strangely though, TBS saw it fit to have them call the As-Tigers series instead of the Red Sox - Rays series.
Bob Brenly was at WGN for a number of years and also managed the D-backs to one or more World Series wins. He knows the players and has good insights and I enjoy his analysis but again, he was cut along with Orsillo and Martinez after the LCS series. SMDH.
Joe Buck is like the anti-Bremer. Completely uninvested, to the point that he seems like he can hardly be bothered to call these games sometimes.
In almost every case, I would rather listen to the local guys call these games. I have an MLB.TV subscription and really there are only a handful that are worse than the national guys IMO.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 03:33 PM
To be honest, I just have it on in the background, some of the time.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:41 PM
Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:24 PM
But chief is right, the baseball is fantastic.