Boston Red Sox

FOX at Its Worst: Tim McCarver Can Lip Read; Ken Rosenthal Can't Tell Stories

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Sports announcer Tim McCarver attends the 25th Annual Sports Emmy Awards April 19, 2004 in New York City.  (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Amanda BrunoCorrespondent IAugust 22, 2009
It's no mystery that FOX Saturday day baseball is the most gruesome broadcast to listen to, but Saturday evening it proved to hit another low as the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees squared away at Fenway Park.
No it wasn't the Joe Buck and Tim McCarver double duo in the booth, but just having to listen to McCarver was worse enough.
Here are some shorts of what occurred throughout the broadcast.
At Tim McCarver:
We DO NOT care about when the food and drug act was incorporated. Why this was brought up in the first place remains a mystery.
And just when we thought it couldn't have gotten any worse...
Top of the fifth inning...McCarver makes a pun at the W.B. Mason sign. It was so bad, I can't even remember exactly what he said, but it was along the lines of...
"It took that long to hit a double since 1898?"—followed by a creepy and lame chuckle. 
More McCarver quotes:
"I'm a Tweeting fool."—remarks about Twitter.
"I'm sure Red Sox fans rather be seeing Jerry Remy right now instead of me."—on Remy's return to the booth Friday.
We couldn't agree more.
After David Ortiz launched his 20th home run this season off A.J. Burnett, McCarver showed off his lip reading skills.
"'Why? Why? Why? Why? Why did I do that?' Burnett said."
And they proceeded to talk about this for two minutes. 
Why? Why? Why? Why? Why did they talk about this for two whole minutes? Yes we are all amazed you could read Burnett's lips.

At Ken Rosenthal:

He tried to tell a story during the top of the third inning about Junichi Tazawa and Terry Francona. Mixed in with some technical microphone difficulties, the end result was Tazawa fetching chewing tobacco and honey for Francona. 
The punch line? Francona was just kidding. 
Wow amazing story telling skills right there. And no this did not occur when it was already a blow out to set the record.
At FOX Sports in general:
FOX advertised its Twitter, Facebook and MySpace pages.
Yeah, I am running to the computer right now to follow them and become a fan so I can get constant updates that I want to chuck out the window.
And probably the most ridiculous of them all...
...showing clips of Derek Jeter's face plant into the stands "all covered in blood" (noted by McCarver) from July 1, 2004. They proceeded to talk about how Jeter was ranked as one of the worst defense shortstops until that point.
I guess they really couldn't think of anything else to talk about since it was another one sided blowout game, except this time it went in Boston's favor. 
When is FOX going to realize they need to hire new people? This discussion will never go away as long as McCarver, Rosenthal and Joe Buck are with them. At least we'll always have something to talk about?
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