ESPN televised a Gold Glove awards special last night, although according to the reviews, there wasn't much special about it. While the awards themselves were questionable, there was also the format of the show, the analysis, and the actual ESPYish presentation to consider as well. The following is from Lead Editor Joe Lucia of Bloguin's MLB blog - The Outside Corner, on the ridiculousness of the show and the awards presentation. Clayton Kershaw was clearly not entertained.
After being delayed 45 minutes because of a MAC football game that featured over 120 points being scored, ESPN's broadcast of the Gold Glove awards "ceremony" started at around 10:45 tonight. First off, why would you schedule something like this behind a live event that has potential to run late? That's just a ridiculous idea to begin with. I'm not sure why the need for a show like this was even needed, especially needing to be stretched to AN HOUR.
The panel featured Karl Ravech presenting, with John Kruk and Barry Larkin making their picks for the awards. Typically, their picks didn't focus on defense, with the duo talking about how great offensively their choices were, along with mixing in various vague descriptors like "you go to the ballpark to see him play defense." They also were stuck in the old school mentality, talking about errors and fielding percentage, which are two of the more inane ways to describe a player's defense in 2011.
ESPN would bring out a "special guest" to present each "segment" of awards. They didn't exactly bring out superstars either, with former Cardinal Mike Matheny announcing the catcher and pitcher winners, former Oriole Paul Blair, who was in his prime 35 years ago, announcing the outfield winners, and Omar Vizquel announcing the infield winners. None seemed very comfortable, with Blair coming off like a pretty big asshole talking himself up (including claiming to have never made an error, when he actually made 54 over his career). Vizquel seemed all out of sorts, stuttering through the announcements of winners and having Ravech fill in some of his blanks.
And then, there were the winners:
P: Mark Buerhle
C: Matt Wieters
1B: Adrian Gonzalez
2B: Dustin Pedroia
3B: Adrian Beltre
SS: Erick Aybar
LF: Alex Gordon
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
RF: Nick Markakis
P: Clayton Kershaw
C: Yadier Molina
1B: Joey Votto
2B: Brandon Phillips
3B: Placido Polanco
SS: Troy Tulowitzki
LF: Gerardo Parra
CF: Matt Kemp
RF: Andre Ethier
Among the list of snubs, Brett Gardner was downright robbed in left field for the AL. He was far and away the best defender in baseball at any position, and he's going home empty handed. The same could be said for Peter Bourjos in center. Markakis winning is an absolute joke, and he clearly won the award because "he has a good arm"... considering that's all they talked about after he won.
Oh, and to put a cherry on top of this? Fans didn't even need to watch the awards show. The AP put out a press release before the show started....which ESPN put on their website. I wish I would have known about that more than 25 minutes into this, so I didn't have to sit through that disaster.
Joe Buck is terrific at baseball when he wants it. But often he can get bored and lapse into comic schtick - the sarcasm and hipster blaseness is off putting. But last night was a game that got his attention - and he was very good.
I'm not gonna bash Buck for the call but it was predictable (as the AA twitter feed mentioned it innings earlier) and just as canned as a Nantz end of NCAA Tourney call that always gets mocked. AND he HAS used it before...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYUD_sO5jd8
In an era in which there is so little respect or even recognition of our links to the past... this is moving. We are our memories..
I like Joe Buck - I always have. People criticize him for his style because he doesn't get as excited as others - I think it is ludicrous. He is excellent at telling what is going on and knows when to let the picture speak for himself. Last night's call was perfect. It was a touching tribute to his father (who I am too young to ever have listened to.) He didn't "rip it off." It was his dad. To my knowledge, Joe has never said it before. This was the PERFECT moment for it. It ended a great game that Joe did a great job calling. I also think TM has been better than usual this series.
Hypocrites at awful announcing. When the idea of Joe Buck borrowing his father's "tomorrow night" call was brought up, your twitter feed replied, "I hope not". Now this? Make up your fucking mind.
i usually hate Joe Buck, but I truly think he's been doing a good job this world series. McCarver has been as bad as ever. Loved the call Joe. good job
I hate joe buck, but loved the call.
Tough crowd.....I guess.
Joe Buck sucks, but it was a nice touch.
I didn't like that call at the end of the game even a little bit. Iconic calls such as "We will see you tomorrow night," being ripped off from others. I get that his dad made the original call 20 years and one day ago. But come on man. You get paid lots of money to watch baseball games and talk to millions watching. Try to be original and not recycle others famous calls from years past. To some that old call is a great memory, and for them it was just diminished.
I cringed when he said it. No way he say's it if it was a Texas homer in Arlington to extend the series.
I completely agree, I like Joe Buck. No other announcer in baseball uses allows the game to tell the story better than Joe, he knows when to stay silent. Also his sarcastic sense of humor is quite entertaining to me.
Also, Joe has used "We will see you tom. night." As an Angels fan, I still remember him saying it in the 2002 World Series, also in Game 6, after Percival struck out the final batter after that historic comeback.
@AwfulAA Stop being a bloody tampon.
@AwfulAA I don't get why you actually give a shit? One of the writers made an off the cuff remark on twitter. Later an epic game ends with Buck making a call that just seemed right. Now they post the video which is what this site does and says it's cool, which it is. There are other things in the world to get worked up about. This certainly isn't one of them dude. It's almost the weekend and we have a game 7. Where's the beef?
@AwfulAA Not seeing that reply anywhere on the Twitter feed, and do your homework - there's not just one fucking mind behind this blog.
he does. it is the home team - any national announcer would have gotten swept up. look at sean mcdonough's great call of the cabrera single to win the NLCS for instance
@rickmur77 If he said it all the time, that'd be a weird broadcast. But seriously, it was worth a measly post this time because it was similar dramatics, nearly 20 years later on the dot. If you don't think that's cool, well, then we can just agree to disagree.
@Packey Selective memory serves you well. If you can't find it, you don't want to. I know there are plenty of individual minds behind the blog, but you're posting contradicting thoughts on one twitter feed without specifying who posted what. That is all.
@myoder84@Packey@berkeley blogger You're right Matt, you didn't have to reply. I'm sorry for the inappropriate language. The game was amazing, but the outcome didn't go in my favor. So, as any irresponsible fan, I let the anger get the best of me.
But I'm glad, for Joe Buck's sake, the world series is over. That tribute to his father was awe-inspiring, but the delivery was awful. Take a break Joe.
Yea, in the 7th inning, it didn't seem like a good idea for Buck to "rip off" his dad and that's why I replied "I hope not." But, when the moment happened it felt right, I recognized what a great all-time moment in baseball it was and the call seemed appropriate. I also mentioned the same thing in the live blog last night.
It's like getting insanely upset when you say, "I hope my team doesn't run the ball," they do and score a TD, and you say, "hey, that wasn't all that bad."
Anyways, the Twitter page clearly identifies who's handling tweets and we have multiple writers that are allowed to have different opinions at different times.
@AwfulAA Ah, I see it now on the web timeline. For some reason it wasn't showing up on Tweetdeck, where I was looking before (maybe because it was too far down? That has nothing to with memory, though -- I was watching the game, not the Twitter feed during the game). My apologies. Matt Yoder has been taking over the Twitter lately and I can't speak for him on why he seemingly flip-flopped thoughts on the Buck call (feelings can change?). But my "fucking mind" was always made up -- I didn't consider the possibility of him paying tribute to his dad even once beforehand, because I was too wrapped up in the actual game, and I enjoyed the call just fine when it was made.