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SBD/April 5, 2012/MLB Season Preview
Marlins Park Debut Gets ESPN 1.8 Overnight, Flat With '11 MLB Opening Night
Published April 5, 2012
MIC CHECK: Former MLB manager Terry Francona made his regular-season debut as part of ESPN's primary MLB announcer team last night, but it was partially spoiled by some sound issues. ESPN in a statement said, "We had some technical issues with the sound from Terry's microphone. We made adjustments to address it" (THE DAILY). The Globe & Mail's Bruce Dowbiggin wrote on his Twitter account, "Is Terry Francona using the gargle microphone? Sounds like they placed it right next to his glottis." Baseball America's Ben Badler wrote, "What's up with Francona's microphone? Sounds like he's about to tell us we're headed for mild turbulence." SportsBusiness Journal's Don Muret wrote, "Terry Francona sounds like he's in a tunnel. Or else he's chewing tobacco again." Baseball Prospectus' Jason Parks wrote, "When is Terry Francona going to break out some 'Yellow Submarine' sound effect vocals? Perfect opportunity."