SBD/Issue 21/Sports Media
Fox Earns 6.1/10 Overnight For Phillies-Dodgers NLCS Game Four
Published October 14, 2008
|Fox Earns 6.1/10 Overnight For
Phillies-Dodgers Game Four
THE SHOW MUST GO ON? SLATE.com's Ben Mathis-Lilley reviewed all the "dumb baseball commentary on television," and wrote TBS' MLB playoffs coverage is "cacophonously uninformative." The production features former MLBers Dennis Eckersley, Harold Reynolds and Cal Ripken Jr. "yelling excitedly at one another for a half hour, like a better-natured but equally unintelligible version of 'Crossfire.'" Fox MLB analyst Kevin Kennedy following the Dodgers' loss in NLCS Game Two noted that the team "'went away from good pitches,' urging them to include more good pitches in their Game 3 plan." Meanwhile, Mathis-Lilley wrote ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" features "savvy baseball analysts" like Peter Gammons and Buster Olney, but "moments of researched insight are the exception on ESPN's baseball broadcasts." Mathis-Lilley: "I'm convinced that there's room in the market for a smarter show about the national pastime. My imaginary show would ignore the axiom that the highlight is king. ... My show would take a cue from baseball sites like Prospectus and Hardball Times and put crucial decisions in context" (SLATE.com, 10/13). In N.Y., Bob Raissman writes Ripken during ALCS Game Two "may have been the only other resident of the planet who saw nothing wrong with leaving [P] Josh Beckett in to get pounded." During the net's postgame show, Eckersley and Reynolds "responded by pounding" Ripken (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/14).
LATE NIGHTS: SI.com's Peter King noted "three of the six Red Sox playoff games have lasted until" at least 1:25am ET. King: "These games, even the ones that don't go into extras, are just too long. Captivatingly long, but too long. The umps need to tell the pitchers, particularly with bases empty, to adhere to the quicker pace they've been told to keep" (SI.com, 10/13).