I'm sure you're a lot like me, just now recovering from missing out on another classic Yanks/Sawx encounter that was rained out last night on ESPN. At least the WWL was able to fill that sacred time with meaningful discussion, which amounted to breaking down the Red Sox struggles for the 1,347th time already this season. Thankfully, Buster Olney was able to give us the informative picture above to precisely break down exactly who was to blame.
The only surprising thing was that the Baseball Tonight set of Ravech, Olney, Kruk, and Terry Francona wasn't surrounded by flames since the show was officially taking place from the 7th circle of hell. It must be tough being Theo Epstein right now, considering he also shares 15.8% of the blame for the Cubs start. I'm just surprised Buster missed Babe Ruth, Bucky Dent, beer, George W. Bush, and the Mayan Apocalypse as further places of blame for the Sawx being 4-10. The best part though was Terry Francona saying there was "no fair way" to break down the blame game. Please for the love of God let's move on before I start setting my ears on fire.
Surprisingly, the Sawx only make one national appearance this week while the Yankees make four, including two against the red hot Rangers and Josh Hamilton. The White Sox make two appearances coming off of Phillip Humber's perfect game. Meanwhile, the FOX Game of the Week looks to be Brewers/Cardinals and ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball will see the Rays visit the Rangers.
Monday April 23
New York Yankees @ Texas Rangers (ESPN 7PM) Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe
Tuesday April 24
New York Yankees @ Texas Rangers (MLBN 8PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Red Sox @ Twins]
Chicago White Sox @ Oakland Athletics (WGNA 10PM) Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone
Wednesday April 25
St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs (WGNA 2PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Los Angeles Angels @ Tampa Bay Rays (ESPN2 7PM) Dave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra
Thursday April 26
Boston Red Sox @ Chicago White Sox (MLBN/WGNA 8PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Blue Jays @ Orioles 7PM]
Friday April 27
Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees (MLBN 7PM) Matt Vasgersian, Jim Kaat [Alt: Cubs @ Phillies]
Saturday April 28
Milwaukee Brewers @ St. Louis Cardinals (FOX 1PM) TBA
Los Angeles Angels @ Cleveland Indians (FOX 1PM) TBA
Kansas City Royals @ Minnesota Twins (FOX 1PM) TBA
Chicago Cubs @ Philadelphia Phillies (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: D-backs @ Marlins]
Sunday April 29
Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees (TBS 1PM) Brian Anderson, John Smoltz, Ron Darling
Chicago Cubs @ Philadelphia Phillies (WGNA 1:30PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Tampa Bay Rays @ Texas Rangers (ESPN 8PM) Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Terry Francona
there is a HUGE difference between lin and tebow. lin is actually good. tebow was saved by his teammates. lin actually improves his teammates.
as for the -mania part. tebow had the benefit of being what the media desperately want, a white, conservative, christian, qb. as i always said, if tebow wasnt any one of those four things. no one would care as much.
as an asian american, his mania will be a litte subdued by the white press.
The main difference between Linsanity and Tebowmania is that Lin has actually improved as a player since high school, college, the D-League and since playing for Golden State, justifying him as a story. Tebow regressed beginning in the 2010 Senior Bowl. The story in Denver should be how his teammate saved him from the humiliation of loss.
@awfulannouncing one glaring difference between Linsanity and Tebowmania is the lack of haters for Jeremy Lin. Haters fueled Tebowmania
@awfulannouncing Lin is a million times less annoying. ESPN will milk the story, like they always do. Lin is easier to feel good about.
No because Lin is getting publicity for actually having the talent and not because the rest of his teammates are making him look good
@awfulannouncing Jeremy Lin is actually good at his sport soo....not at all
@awfulannouncing yo, how come analysts on ESPN always do that thing where they take off their coats and roll up sleeves?
@awfulannouncing NBA will never be NFL...and Jeremy Lin can actually play
@awfulannouncing Totally different scenario, the nicks are waiting for a miracle season while Tim Tebow was expected to be a good player
@awfulannouncing Isn't Victor Cruz the better comparison to Lin? Both came out of nowhere to make huge impacts for their team
@awfulannouncing The best comparison between #Linsanity and #Tebowmania is both are great at throwing bounce passes.