Maybe this explains why some baseball telecasts aren’t too enjoyable (putting aside what happens on the field). When FOX’s top national play-by-play man says he barely watches sports and doesn’t really enjoy baseball anymore, you know we have a problem. Listen to his conversation with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio.
It’s no coincidence that some announcers are better than others, or that some telecasts are more enjoyable than others. When the announcers are excited about their team or the game, it comes out in the broadcast. When they could care less, you can hear it, and it makes the game less enjoyable. Additionally, it irks me to no end when I hear guys on the radio or on TV who clearly aren’t sports enthusiasts but are just working a job. Why are you doing it? It’s just sad that one of our iconic broadcasters on the sports landscape says he barely watches sports. BP at Awful Announcing captures my thoughts on the matter pretty well …
As stated by Awful Announcing:
I’m just at a loss for words. FOX’s national voice for Baseball openly admitted to not enjoying the game he covers, cramming for weekend matchups, thinking that the games are too long and that the game just isn’t the same. Unbelievable. You’re getting paid millions of dollars for watching a game three hours. Cry me a river! What’s even worse than that was the fact that he was on for another 4 or 5 minutes talking about a Cubs-Red Sox World Series. Are you kidding me?!
Without going off my rocker I just want to point out that this is the reason why everyone is upset with a lot of broadcasters in Sports. You have the coolest damn job in the World in Sports Fans eyes, and while you’re supposed to be serving as the voice of the fans, you act like you’re above the game. This is the main reason why Joe Buck and his kind are probably the worst thing for Sports. Buck wants to be a Hollywood star and doesn’t have time for the Sport that brought him to the dance. Well his father brought him to the dance in the family station wagon, but Baseball is ultimately who he’s partying with. You get my point.
I completely understand the average American not watching Baseball during the week. You have kids, your job is demanding and you’re just tired as hell. I get it and that’s what the internet is for. But for a daily Sports talk show host and the voice of the World Series to bash Sports this way is just wrong and shows how much the game suffers when you continue to put them on air. It’s your g’damn job to know what you’re talking about. It’s people like this that give the whole profession a bad name and make those who do their homework and bust their ass look bad by association.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.Google+