Okay, two things that have struck my mind many, many times, and I’m just going to write them, so that next time I can say “Like I said before”.. and sometime in the future I can say “it’s like I’ve always said [‘vocal harmonies are my kinda thing’]”. Anyway, here they are:
Fox Baseball is awful! The announcers are wretched (As in, I need to mute the TV and listen to the radio announcers. I am not exaggerating), the stupid crazy graphics and sounds effects are distracting and not at all helpful, and then we’ve still got this damn thing to deal with:
Sigh.. It all leads me to believe this: FOX does not think Baseball is interesting. Said another way: FOX Baseball is not for baseball fans. The plan goes a little something like this: FOX buys the post-season (League Championship series and World Series, anyway. Thankfully ESPN did a few of the best of 5 series games.) So FOX has a monopoly on post-season baseball. There is no competition from other stations… if you want to watch baseball, you’re watching FOX. As a result, Fox does not have to care about people who like baseball at all. There goal is now to get people who would not ordinarily watch baseball to watch this station. How do you do that? According to FOX, you do everything you can to cover the fact that a baseball game is going on. Talk about things not at all baseball related most of the time. Fill every free second with crazy animations, graphics, sound effects, and “special features” (Special Features –> A clever way for TV stations to show really poorly done commercials while the show is still on.) While the game is actually “happening” [Defined by FOX as “only when the ball is in the air.”] focus on the inconsequential, or hype something to make it “controversial”… I’ve never heard so many hindsight managers in my life. Let’s face it.. if these guys were REALLY as smart as they claim to be, they would be managing. They aren’t.. they’re just annoying.. and they just talk.. all the time…. about stupid things. So do us all a favor: Shut Up! Let the game do the talking. Tell us who is up, what they did last time they were up, and if you absolutely must, tell us the pitch count. Fox commentators.. You’ve lost your speaking privileges. I’d petition to get Bob Costas brought back to do games, but I’m pretty busy trying to get him made MLB Commissioner. I am not kidding. He’d be perfect. Oh yeah, also, having 4 people in the booth instead of 2 doesn’t make things better.. it makes them at least twice as bad… unless one of these guys is a mute axe murder.
That is all about FOX. In closing: FOX, you suck.
Jim Edmonds is not that good
Here’s the deal.. stop worshiping Jim Edmonds (I’m talking to you Gold Glove awarders and FOX commentators.) Want to know why he dives for so many balls? It’s because he’s slow. Turns out when you can’t run fast, routine fly balls become “spectacular diving catches.” Throw a Kenny Lofton out there, and he stands underneath the ball, waiting for it to come down.. but with Jim Edmonds suddenly it’s a Gold Glove quality catch… Hell, even Corey Patterson could have made it there in time to catch it with ease… he might biff it when the ball comes down, but at least he’s not diving for it. So stop pretending he’s fielding perfection in human form. He’s just a slow outfielder.