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SBD/October 26, 2012/Media
Fox Stays Consistant With WS Game 2 Overnight; Lowest Final Rating For Any Game 1
Published October 26, 2012
AT THE COPACABANA: Fox Sports VP/Communications Dan Bell said that analyst Tim McCarver “obviously was joking” by bringing up musician Barry Manilow when play-by-play announcer Joe Buck referenced chants of “Barry” from the AT&T Park crowd during the Game 1 broadcast. USA TODAY’s Michael Hiestand writes, “Here's why you should believe that: For years, Buck and McCarver have an occasional schtick in which McCarver plays, well, dumb. What's different now is that if anybody doesn't get it -- and McCarver's humor can be missed -- it can go viral” (USA TODAY, 10/26). Meanwhile, in N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes under the header, “McCarver Analysis Way Off Base.” Following Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval's first home run in Game 1, McCarver, “who has developed a habit of telling us that we just saw things we didn’t just see, told us, ‘That’s a situation when [Tigers P Justin] Verlander did exactly what he wanted to do -- up and in,’ adding that credit is due [to] Sandoval for hitting a good pitch.” However, the replay “showed the pitch was, in fact, ‘up,’ but it was moving back toward the center of the plate.” The “contradictory video evidence was not mentioned” (N.Y. POST, 10/26).
FREE BIRDS: In St. Louis, Dan Caesar notes the Cardinals' nine Saturday afternoon telecasts this year on KTVI-Fox “drew a 34 percent better rating than their 148 contests -- many in prime time -- on cable's Fox Sports Midwest.” The trend “continued” in the Giants-Cardinals NLCS, as KTVI “drew a 16 percent better rating than the Cards pulled” for their NLCS showdown last year with the Brewers on TBS. The “difference between Fox and TBS ratings would have been even more profound had the Cards been competitive in the final three games” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/26).