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Discussion in '2017 Red Sox Game Threads' started by TheoShmeo, Jun 18, 2017.
I can't believe it.
Exactly how they drew it up.
Dirty Electric Kool-Aid
This deserves some love
Oh, shit. That's a problem. I didn't even realize I'm married.
That's not your responsibility. You can delegate.
I took most of the game thread off, I'm sure everyone is wondering about my thoughts. Well you are lucky here they are:
-I have often defended manager John from people reflexively blaming him for the results of questionable decisions but there is no way Price should have come back out.
-That said Hembree gave up a bomb to the first guy he faced so I guess you can see some logic for not wanting to go to the bullpen right away.
-I can't believe they let Mookie back out there after that inning. Even if he says he can play tonight give him the night off.
-That umpire sucked as did Mendoza and Boone.
-Nice throw by Benny and a great play by Vaz.
-Kimbrel is nails and another great play by Vaz
I feel sorry for Jessica Mendoza.
She knows her stuff. She's whip smart. (She's a Stanford grad - probably smarter than the rest of ESPN combined.) She has a good personality and a pleasant speaking voice. (Well, I think so.) And yet ....
They give her assignments that fit right within the least-common-denominator expectations for what a female broadcaster should do and then insert those pieces within the core of the game, making her look like a complete lightweight. I don't know if there's a lack of chemistry or some other tension, but her broadcasting partners don't seem to give her openings to show her knowledge of the game. More often, they ask about her kids (the Mother's Day broadcast was embarrassing) or some other personal perspective that is maddeningly superficial and/or condescending. Hell, even her wardrobe is overly casual compared to the jackets worn by her male counterparts.
Maybe it's just the nature of a three-person booth that the third wheel has little to do. But when Schilling was in that chair, he was set up to comment on intricacies of the game to showcase his knowledge. Mendoza is treated like she's Boone's side piece.
Anyway, end of rant. The moral, as always, is that ESPN blows.
I agree, she seems like she could be fine, probably not great but at least decent but the team is terrible. I don't know if Boone could ever be good but that may just be my memories of 2003 coming through.
I think the Schilling booth worked because they had more defined roles as a pitcher and fielder. Now they either step on each other or one goes silent for extended periods, it is just an awkward group.
Re Jessica Mendoza: It took some time, but I'm starting to enjoy her work in the booth. And I agree with Ave Red, she makes some spot-on comments, and her booth mates rarely follow-up to let her exppound a little, so they usually leave her hanging, so her observations/comments sound like she's being a "pushy broad" interupting the guys.
Re last nights game-there was a lot of baseball in that game.It was a good showcase for the teams and baseball..
Can't wait to find out. I recorded it because of a beach day then dinner out with the kids and grandkids. But, I forgot to add time, should know better. At about 8:30 my time I found out it was still going so I did another hour. I'll find out what I got a bit later.
ESPN Sunday night booth: I think if they bounced Boone and put Kruk in his place, 'twould be fine. Boone just sucks.
I like Mendoza fine, except when they give her assignments for interviews that air during the game. That's infuriating.
Last night's ninth was exquisite, encapsulizing why I love baseball. The improbability of the rookie Fisher and second-string player Aoki making us sweat with Kimbrel on the mound (when most top-notch hitters can't touch him) and the gorgeous defensive plays by AB and CV to deliver the victory, oh boy!
Well, I figured he's so jacked up on adrenaline that a couple seconds is all he'll need.