10.26.2004

more commentary on the world series telecast

what another great game. boy pedro was really something else. i know it's a cliche, but there's no other way to describe it other than to say he was dealing last night. you know the old cliche is that good pitching always beats good hitting. i've never really bought into that and i think that the red sox this year really show that i'm right here. from top to bottom, they have what i like to call "professional hitters". in other words, they almost never waste at-bats. the red sox have shown remarkable plate discipline so far this series. they're patient, they're taking a ton of pitches and if they ever get behind in the count, they seem to all be able to foul balls off until the pitcher makes a mistake. oddly enough, the last lineup that i can remember with this many professional hitters in it were the late nineties yankees with paul o'neil, scott brosius, and the like. mccarver brought up a good point when he told us that of the nineteen runs scored in the first 2 games, 9 of them were scored with two outs, which i think is indiciative of this plate discipline that i am talking about.

unfortunately fox still was able to really trick up the telecast again in what i think was one of the real low points of world series baseball. at one point in the telecast, they went to chris myers who is roaming busch stadium with a wireless mic, your standard championship game television fare. however, he was in the box and he was interviewing leon, of budweiser commercial fame. for those of you who haven't seen the commericials, leon is an athlete that supposedly actually says what we think athletes are saying instead of the usual generic crap. for example, in one of the commercials, when the coach tells him to go in for a play, he tells the coach that he's still distraught over his last bad play and that he's in a "fragile emotional state" right now and it probably be better if he put someone else in. the exact opposite of what athletes would have you believe about them. so as a commercial, it's real effective, especially since it backs up budweiser's slogan of "true". you can read the official anheuser busch press release here (sorry, i couldn't find the actual commercials anywhere on the net). anyways, botoxed-out chris myers starts trying to interview him and leon then goes into his shtick where he pretends to be the egotistical athlete that he plays in the commercial. in other words, they were basically doing a commercial during actual gameplay. there was even one point where fox had the split screen going, with pedro mowing down a cardinal hitter on one screen and then leon being a jackass on the other screen. i understand that baseball is a business, but dammit this feels like they've crossed a line. does every single bit have to be a cross promotion? can't budweiser just buy commercials or billboard space like everyone else?

also, i finally paid full attention to the polar express play of the game. this too is disturbing, because usually the graphic involved with these things may just be the logo of the sponsor. if it's animated, it's usually animated in a way that just is used as a transition to the announcement. and then the logo just sits there as the announcers describe the play of the game. for these polar express play of the games, you have a fully animated train that drags with it, "tom hanks in the polar express" and then when the announcers start talking the animation keeps going. again, another commercial that actually is done while the game is still going on. very unstable.

i hate to be good ol' day syndrome guy, but this just doesn't seem right to me, and baseball on television was much better when nbc did it.

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