SBD/November 1, 2013/Media
Fox Criticized For Decision To Have Erin Andrews Handle World Series Postgame Duties
Published November 1, 2013
TWITTERSPHERE NOT IMPRESSED: Andrews' postgame appearance also drew some criticism on Twitter. SiriusXM Radio's Chris Russo wrote, "Erin Andrews is a nice kid but you can't throw her out there to do post game when she hasn't seen a baseball game all year." SB Nation's Rob Neyer wrote, "I'm glad somebody said this: Erin Andrews was a horrible choice to host postgame stuff." The N.Y. Daily News' Kevin Armstrong wrote, "Erin Andrews batting Bud Selig for the microphone in WS post-game ceremony. Quite the showdown there." Awful Announcing: "Erin Andrews v Bud Selig over a microphone was a highlight of this year's World Series." A's P Brett Anderson: "This isn't about you Erin Andrews."
THE TIME IS NOW: In N.Y., Bob Raissman writes it was time for McCarver to retire, but not because he had "lost his fearless approach or his uncanny ability to first-guess better than any TV analyst in any sport" or because he had "lost his enthusiasm for preparation." It was "getting harder for Tim McCarver to be Tim McCarver." It "wasn't just about the modern-day voice having to play puppet for a network, league or team." The media world "had changed around him too." McCarver at age 72 "isn't about tweeting, being liked on Facebook, participating in web chats or placating web critics" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/1). The GLOBE's Finn looks at McCarver's possible replacements and writes MLB Network's Harold Reynolds "wouldn't be the worst choice." Finn: "I suppose they could go after someone like Rex Hudler or Ken Harrelson or another shrieking homer and really botch it. At least Reynolds is pleasant and his appreciation of the game comes through." Fox to be "bold and fun-loving" could hire TBS' Pedro Martinez or NESN's Dennis Eckersley (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/1).
SELLING THE DRAMA TOO WELL: In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes under the header, "Fox Misses Point -- And The Game -- With Series Coverage." Since Fox began to televise the World Series in '96 its "shot-callers have had it in their heads the games, while important, are no more so than live shots of people doing what we tuned in to do -- watch the game." Fox has "always figured endless crowd shots ... add to the drama" (N.Y. POST, 11/1).