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Published July 2, 2013
MIC CHECK: In Baltimore, David Zurawik wrote he has “had a lot of pleasure watching” the Orioles this year on MASN. But he added, “I have to say the direction and camera work Saturday night for the Fox telecast featuring Joe Buck on play-by-play and Tim McCarver as analyst were outstanding. Fox made me feel as if I was practically on the field with its crisp, tight close-up shots that captured the mood and the moment time and again throughout the game” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 6/29). Zurawik wrote of ESPN’s Sunday Yankees-Orioles broadcast, “I'm not all that crazy about the three-guys-in-booth broadcast team of Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and John Kruk. But I loved the sound, look and feel of Sunday night's production.” Zurawik wrote ESPN anchored the telecast with “some of the most eloquent and evocative panorama shots of Camden Yards that I have ever seen.” Shulman "does not have the sense of authority or commanding vocal rhythms" of Buck. But he did a "solid job of keeping the broadcast on track and maintaining control of the conversation." Hershiser is "a strong analyst." He is "not Jim Palmer, but he's close enough." Zurawik wrote, "I am not sure what Kruk's role is. He's supposed to be a bit of comic relief, I think, but he simply felt extraneous to me all night" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 6/30).