The 2013 Home Run Derby on ESPN is essentially a worst case scenario for baseball fans.
The commentary team for the event will include Chris Berman, Nomar Garciaparra, and John Kruk. Buster Olney and Pedro Gomez will serve as reporters for the event, and I question why one, let alone two, are even necessary. Two of ESPN's most polarizing commentators (Berman and Kruk) calling the same event should make for a bombastic night on Twitter, and unlike other events, people will actively avoid watching something with Berman calling it.
But that's not all, if you can even imagine that. The telecast of the Derby will kick off with a live musical (and I use that term loosely) by Pitbull, which is clearly another example of MLB tapping into their primary fanbase of old white males.
There will also be a lead-in episode of Baseball Tonight with Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, Curt Schilling, and Kruk on set (OK, so two out of four ain't bad), and Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will be providing play-by-play of the event over the PA system at Citi Field, in case you think you can escape a painful experience by attending the event.
However, ESPN's production of the Derby isn't all negative. It'll be streamed on WatchESPN and all compatible devices, as most events on the network are. The opening segment of the broadcast will be a a montage of the best home runs in New York history. Another camera has been added to the telecast to accurately and instantly calculate the distance of the home runs hit. ESPN.com will have an interactive Home Run Derby Tracker hub with the stream of the event and other goodies.
As you may expect from Bristol, there are positives with negatives. For every fantastic interactive hub they have, there's Berman spouting off his litany of cliches and Pitbull leading off the broadcast. You've gotta take the bad with the good, but ESPN is really making it difficult to do that with the level of bad on the horizon with the Derby this year.
Does ESPN even realize that there are no-not even one- comments in favor of Berman?…do they care?…or does ESPN simply cower to his fat, arrogant, self aggrandizing presence?
Adnan Virk,Rick Sutcliffe, Aaron Boone and the Field Level Reporters will be Pedro Gomez and Keith Law for ESPN2' coverage of the 2013 SiriusXM All-Star Futures game on Sunday July 14th at 2:00 ET, wha i ever understood was why ESPN2 only schedules 2:30 for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game every year?
Also working the 2013 Chevrolet Home Run Derby for ESPN adio along with Jon Siambi and Cris Singleton ths year, wlll be Marc Kesteher and Field Level Reporters Peter Pascarelli and Tim Kurkjian.
Jon Scambi and Chrs Singleton will be woring the MLB All-Star game for ESPNRadio and lastly working the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball game for ESPN this year will be John Anderson, Aaron Boone and Field Level Reporter Tim Kurkjian.
As with many other things and other networks, ESPN is trying way too hard to make this an EVENT. Just show us guys smashing baseballs and let the show be The Show. Chicks dig the longballs, remember?
At least those of us in the NY area can hear it on WFAN with great announcers rather then be subject to the awful announcers on ESPN
Olney and Gomez are interviewing the rest of the MLB All-Stars in the dugout during most of the home run contest. Would you rather delete that and hear more of Berman's "Back, back, back, back, back?"
By the way, why no mention of the fact that Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will be calling the Home Run Derby on ESPN Radio and pointing out the fact that there is an alternate to Berman's "back, back, back, back, back?"
sweet - thanks to the HRD being streamed to mobile devices, i can actively ignore this unabashed attack on my cochlear nerves while on the go! thanks espn!!!
Wow...my ears would have bled either watching on TV or being at Citi Field. Good thing I won't watch or give a damn about it....but I just commented....DAMN!
Actually Peter Pascarelli will be the Field Level Reporter for the Home Run Derby on ESPN Radio, i have a feeling that Marc Kestecher and Tim Kurkjian will join him for the Pre and Postgame Show on Monday and Tursday however!!!