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Aaron Gleeman:  This is a helluva game, but the managers have both made some very questionable decisions.

Judging from the liveblog of the game at Aaron Gleeman's joint, I guess i should be grateful that I couldn't hear the TBS announcers, especially Chip Caray's NC-17 play by play. (Nobody should use "fisted" that much outside of pr0n. Nobody.) Apparently TBS hasn't changed much since the last time I scored a Braves game; they still run 40 million ads for whatever show they're promoting, and they still don't show you a handy graphic of who's up, what they did last time, and where they're playing. Which, as I recall, both Fox and MSC were consistently good at. Anyway, this made it difficult to follow pitcher changes and player substitutions, and since both Ron Gardenhire and Jim Leyland are wetbrained micromanagers and "small ball" enthusiasts, there were many of these. It didn't help that I was using a trial version of ScorePAD for the Palm, whose default setting appears to be for NL rosters and gave me no end of trouble in the later innings when it flat out refused to allow me to change pitchers. Well, at least it kept my hands busy with something besides eating.

The game itself was pretty damn exciting, although for a few innings it looked like rookie Rick Porcello was going to make it an early night for the Twinkies. One error by Porcello and three dingers later, it was all tied up, and the Tigers and Twins kept battling back until Carlos Gomez, Delmon Young, and Alexi Casilla got to Tigers closer Fernando Rodney for the winning run in the bottom of the twelfth. To be honest, part of the excitement came from the fact that half of each team's lineup was loaded with scrappy infielders who couldn't get on base or drive other runners in, and another part came from the poor defense of the Tigers, who acted like they hadn't played indoors on turf before. It reminded me, in a way, of the 1987 ALCS, when the Twins defeated the all-offense, no-defense Tigers to win the pennant. As mentioned above, Gardenhire and Leyland made a lot of dumb decisions with regard to lineups, substitutions, and pitching changes, but to cover those in detail would be pointless and cruel; if you really want the ugly details, look at the live blog. Urgh.

Memo to self: remember that when you are drinking Diet Coke at the bar, you need to let the bartender know when you are switching to water. They're not psychic. Yup, I'm probably going to be up until 0400. Again. :(



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Oct. 7th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
I was listening to the game on KFAN and the National radio announcer was agreeing that putting in Gomez hurt Mauer's chances of ever getting anything other than a ball to look at.

Still not sure why the game wasn't on 1500 with the regular announcers since it technically was still part of the regular season. I still think the national TV channels coverage would be better if they let the local guys for each team cover it when they are at home. The hometown crews actually know something about their home teams.
Oct. 7th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the radio situation, but as I understand it TBS bought the rights to any sudden-death playoffs along with the rest of the post-season games, so very likely something equally dumb was negotiated for the radio rights. One more thing to kick Bud Selig in the nuts for, come the day.

Totally agree with you about the hometown announcers as opposed to the generic idiots that cover the Braves. Judging from what some of the Twin Cities goons were saying in the game day thread, John Gordon has improved even more and is showing definite signs of starting to fill Herb Carneal's shoes.
Oct. 9th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if Gordon has improved. He, like Bob Uecker, isn't as good as he used to be, and he's splitting half the PBP with the booth partner.
Oct. 10th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
Maybe he just sounds HoF quality compared to Skip Caray.
Oct. 9th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Belatedly, the game was on the local channels with local announcers...but I was listening to 105.9 out of Red Wing.
Oct. 10th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
You mean John Gordon or the 105.9 announcers?
Oct. 7th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
I think the radio was done by ESPN. Wasn't as bad as what you described for the TV.

I've usually enjoyed Gordon any of the times I've listened to the radio broadcasts. Carneal is one of those classic announcers though.

I also enjoy Bremer and Blyleven on the TV coverage.
Oct. 8th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
It would be very difficult to be as bad as Chip Caray, although I understand Ryan Lefebvre comes close. When I first started to listen to the Twins back in '90, I found Gordon's mannerisms really annoying, but either I got used to them or he got better. Either way, I like him a lot more than I used to and find myself comparing the Nationals' announcers to him -and not favorably. On the rare occasions I caught the Twins on the tube Bremer and Blyleven were good; Bert is particularly funny and could become a legendary announcer given time.
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