August 24, 2009
It was good old ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, which meant Red Sox and Yankees fans alike got to listen to the deafening trio of Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, and Steve Phillips.
Exactly how bad was it?
Saturday I wrote a post criticizing FOX for its poor performance in the broadcast booth.
Sunday night, it appeared that ESPN wanted to outdo FOX's horribleness.
Here are some examples of actual topics of discussion and some unmemorable quotes.
But before we get to the horribleness, lets start off on one awesome note. At the beginning of the broadcast, ESPN had some technical difficulties with its audio and microphones. The mess that got the most praise...Joe Morgan's microphone stopped working.
The best comment of the night came from Chad Finn via Twitter:
"Finally, after all of these years, the words we've been waiting for Jon Miller to say: 'There are technical problems with Joe's microphone...'"
Now for the horribleness.
Actual Topics of Discussion
Ribbies vs. RBIs. What do you prefer to call runs-batted-in? Joe? Jon? Steve?
Derek Jeter, Derek Jeter, and more Derek Jeter.
This happened after Jeter launched his 16th home run of the season and 2,700th hit and, pretty much after that, the trio continued to remind viewers of Jeter's career hit total each time he got another one.
All in all, Jeter's name was mentioned at least a couple hundred times as if he was the only player on the team.
There were some great tweets tonight regarding this subject, one of them being, "I'm thinking ESPN gets paid for each time they mention Derek Jeter."
In a shocking twist, Morgan was making sense for a change talking about the great pitching matchup between Josh Beckett and C.C. Sabathia (prior to Beckett giving up four home runs and seven runs), but Phillips inserted a comment talking about Jeter and his athletic greatness and that was what he'd take away from the pitching matchup.
We know that Jeter is on fire, but lets get real, guys.
Joe Morgan Quotes
"Every year more than one person deserves the MVP award."
"I think he caught it, but it could have touched the ground...?"
"It takes a lot of pitches to strikeout a hitter."
"I wasn't (expecting a pitcher's duel tonight)."
Some Tweeters also had their opinions on Morgan.
Jon Miller Quotes
"Derek Jeter doesn't get a hit every time he is up to bat."
"Ouch! Ouch, Ouch, Ouch!" (Miller thought the pitch hit Jacoby Ellsbury.)
*Crying noises* (After Ellsbury struck out against Sabathia.)
Yes, that's right, Miller was pretending to cry, intimating that Ellsbury was crying after he struck out. You've got to be kidding me.
But the best from Miller was when he really showed off his player knowledge skills by calling Phil Hughes Robinson Cano when Hughes was pitching.
He called Rocco Baldelli Jason Bay out in right field.
He called J.D. Drew Rocco Baldelli when he pinch hit for him in the ninth inning.
I might have even missed a couple more, but you get the idea.
And last, but not least, the single-handed worst broadcasting boo-boo that happened all night, besides the Red Sox losing, 8-4?
Miller, Morgan, and Phillips all started singing like tone deaf country stars.
That pretty much explains it all.
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