They were “Root Sports” guys up until a couple months ago and are now “AT&T Sportsnet,” but they are still just awful. I guess it’s true that you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called ‘change’ but it’s still going to stink. And boy does it ever! Thursday I watched an afternoon game that featured some older hockey guy from Detroit spending 35 minutes in the booth talking hockey during 2 innings of the game. Could you imagine watching a Penguins game and have some baseball announcer from Detroit dominate the discussion for the majority of the 2nd period? It’s a baseball game, stick to baseball. Hello, that is what most people that tuned in want to hear about.
Block has a face for radio but clearly not the talent.
Brown is like the mischievous summer camp counselor who can’t help but get in on the teenage hijinks.
Blass is like the Tom Sawyer of old time baseball gags.
Wehner might be the most boring person on the radio in any capacity.
Walk spends more time reading the out of town menus at the concession stands than filling out his score card.
I’d even be happy if we just got rid of the guys whose last names start with B or W. Is that too much to ask? Would that be fair?
And mind you I LIKE the daytime and pre-game guys like Starkey and Mueller, Cook & Poni, etc. Post-game Chris Mack is fine and Paul Ziese is terrific.
Note to camera guys: Don’t let these announcers suck you in. Stick with the play on the field and less on the folks in the stands. I’ve seen my share of 3 year old cotton candy faces, cute signs, and reruns of fan catches in the stands. I get enough of people watching in the airport and mall. I can do without it.
The horseplay, wedgies, high fives and giggles get old when you listen/watch day to day. Thankfully, my favorite watering hole has the game on TV but no sound. I’m beginning to appreciate that more and more.