Some potential playoff previews this week. Braves/Phillies could be an NLCS match up; Phillies/Brewers is another NLCS possibility, as it stands now. On Saturday, the Yankees do battle with the Angels, who can still catch the Rangers.
And then there's Sunday Night Baseball between the Cubs and Mets. Maybe ESPN knew this would be a throw away, so when they get dominated by Sunday Night Football, they'll have a built in excuse of, "Well, it's the Cubs vs. Mets; what do you expect?" [UPDATE: As Toki470 points out in the comments, it's obviously because of 9/11, which I knew was Sunday but for some reason didn't put two and two together. Where should I put my first blogger Pammy of the new cfb season?]
Wednesday September 7
Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies (ESPN 7PM) Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe
Seattle Mariners @ Los Angeles Angels (ESPN 10PM) Dave O'Brien, Nomar Garciaparra
Thursday September 8
Philadelphia Phillies @ Milwaukee Brewers (MLBN 8PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Cleveland @ Chi White Sox]
Friday September 9
Philadelphia Phillies @ Milwaukee Brewers (MLBN 8PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Atlanta @ St. Louis]
Saturday September 10
Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers (FOX 4PM) Matt Vasgersian, Bert Blyleven
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox (FOX 4PM) Josh Lewin, Eric Karros
Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers (FOX 4PM) Glen Kuiper, Tom Grieve
New York Yankees @ Los Angeles Angels (MLBN 9PM) [Alt: San Diego @ Arizona - 8PM]
Sunday September 11
Philadelphia Phillies @ Milwaukee Brewers (TBS 2PM) Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, John Smotlz
Chicago Cubs @ New York Mets (ESPN 8PM) Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Bobby Valentine
Monday September 12
Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox (MLBN 8PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Philadelphia @ Houston]
First, I respect any opinion that is thoughtfully expressed. This one is, with a couple of problems.
One, a factual matter: Scully is 83, not 86. A difference? Well, three years. But if you're going to be critical of someone for getting things wrong, get things right.
Two, I have a problem with part of the argument about the information that Scully provides. Scully gives plenty of statistics--indeed, I think at times he gives too many. Does he go into OPS and all that? No, and any announcer who beats that to death probably needs to beaten to death for a very logical reason: fan who want that kind of in-depth information can get it, and those who don't want it will be driven insane. It's a balancing act for any announcer at any time, and I think his balance is fine there.
Third, Scully does repeat himself, and he has even said why: fans don't watch or listen to the whole game. If he's broadcasting, I do; if it's Eric Collins and Steve Lyons, I find something else to do, like trimming my toenails for three hours if necessary. So I get tired at times. But then I think of Red Barber with a three-minute egg timer so he always remembered to give the score for people just tuning in. That's the reality of broadcasting, baseball, and broadcasting baseball.
Fourth, once upon a time, the Dodgers rotated their announcers. Scully used to do the middle three on radio and his #2 announcer came over to TV. When the Dodgers began televising all of their games, they ultimately went to simulcasting the first three innings, with Scully then finishing on TV and the radio announcers staying on radio. I didn't like it then and don't like it now because I do think, as great as Vin is--and in my opinion he is the best there was and the best there is, with Jon Miller an excellent second but still not in his league--hearing another voice would be nice. But Vin works alone, and the world has changed around him. His theory? He's selling you the game, and if you're buying, say, a car, which is better, the salesman telling you about it or talking to another salesman about it in front of you? I like Kruk and Kuip, too, but I hear enough of two-man teams to know that by the 5th inning, most of them are getting into golf games, dinner before the game, and so on. Pure baseball? Vin. None better, now or ever. But it's a matter of taste, and that's fine.
I love Vin Scully and in fact I wish FOX Sports would replace Joe Buck with Mr. Scully for their baseball package and World Series.
I live in Texas and when I tune in to a Dodger game with my MLB pay per view package it is treat to hear Vin call a ball game.
Vin is the best and Frank McCourt is total idiot and we knew that already.
a giants fan that doesn't like vin scully? big surprise!
his complaint has more to do with not hearing a giants POV on the national telecast. that has to be the first time i've ever heard duane kiper and mike krukow referred to as excellent.
while i'm sure the rest of the giant's fanbase would agree with him in this case, i'm fairly certain the national viewers would dissagree with his assessment.
this season i only watch home games for the sole purpose of listening to vin's stories, if there was something positive on the field for vin to announce, he would. sadly that isn't the case this year.
@mikegomez I probably should've added this other email from him in response to my email. It doesn't sound like he's letting homerism blind him, but obviously sometimes it can't be helped:
"I lived in Southern California for 10 years, and even though I am a diehard Giants fan I still enjoyed listening to Vin Scully call the Dodger games. He is no doubt one of the best of all time. I just think that over the past few years he has slowed down a bit, and perhaps he pines more than usual for the good old days, especially given some of the issues inherent to baseball in the past few years, and that might lead him to wax poetic about times past. Good announcers know how to work the story around their coverage of their game. Sometimes it seems Vin has that turned around a bit.
No matter how unpleasant it might be, it’s still better than nine innings of Tim McCarver!"
@Packey that makes it more understandable.
but with the current problems the dodgers have, on and off the field, most fans would rather hear pleasant stories about the past. vin is giving the fans what they want, a reminder that the dodgers, as a whole, are better than the unfortunate situation they are currently in.
it really comes down to whether or not vin should modify his style when announcing for a national audience, which i am very certain he is still capable of doing.
and yes, no one should be forced to listen to tim mccarver for nine innings.