Game 4's peculiar walkoff pickoff ending produced a not-so-great moment for Fox when their cameras were too busy scanning Busch Stadium for attractive, worried Cardinals fans to catch the play. It also produced an incredible moment of irony in the Cardinals radio booth. Here from MLB.com are the TV and radio calls from last night's final out.
Joe Buck does a great job calling the play, the Red Sox radio call is ok, but the 2 minute mark is where things get really entertaining. On KMOX, Cardinals announcer Mike Shannon is openly laughing at the Red Sox for holding Kolten Wong on first base and called it silly because that's not The Cardinal WayTM or something.
A few milliseconds later, Wong was picked off first and Shannon had to pick the egg off his face. Here's the full audio of the call from KMOX.
What does he mean Wong's run doesn't mean anything!? It's the World Series, everything on the field means something. You can't get to 4 runs without the 3rd run, which means you can't tie the game. 2+2=4, at least outside of that broadcast booth.
Wow, I guess Mike had egg all over his face. I thought Buck and McCarver were bad but Shannon is awful. How can Cardinal fans listen to him.
There were two outs. The game ended on the pickoff. And the guys were right by the percentages, Wong should not have been held on. Unless, of course, you thought you could pick him off...
Buck and/or McCarver were saying the same thing at the beginning of the Carpenter at-bat, too.
McCarver: "You almost give him second base. It's a two run lead, not a one run lead. He's not going to try to steal."
Buck: "And by holding him on you're leaving a hole on the right side of the infield."
McCarver: "...no reason to hold him on here when you have a two run lead, not one."
Mike Shannon is terrible. I use the at bat app to listen to games and I've learned to avoid the St. Louis broadcast at all costs. This doesn't surprise me one bit. Seriously, he's that bad (in fact often worse) on a daily basis.
That Shannon call is just perfect, he embodies everything that people can't stand about the Cardinals' fanbase - arrogant and obnoxious.
The arrogance and pretentiousness in Shannon's voice is palpable...and he doesn't even have the decency to admit that he was the one being "silly". I guess that's the "Cardinal Way"?
How do "the best fans in baseball" put up with Mike Shannon?
Is Bill Webb directing the series for FOX? Shots of women holding their hands over their mouths is his trademark. Those women are watching the game but we can't because Webb thinks that we want to see these people.
At least FOX probably has a REALLY good shot of that Cardinal's reaction to the pick-off. We know how much they love to mix those into replays as well.
@SubKurt When Buck and McCarver were making their stupid comments (see above) there was ONE out and Carpenter was up at bat and the double play was VERY much in order (main reason I remember thinking WHY would you not CARE about they guy on first???)... the clip above was AFTER Carpenter popped out to make TWO outs. This only exemplifies how BAD Buck and McCarver are.
I noticed this too, and at the time the Red Sox only had one out, so you also would not" give him second" because a double play end the game, sorry but watching sports on FOX and listening to McCarver, Buck and Andrews takes so much enjoyment out of the game
@bresnahanjj oh sorry. That makes a lot more sense.
@bresnahanjj McCarver is old and has been horrible for years.
@SubKurt @bresnahanjj let me also add, after the 2nd out I think since the Red Sox are going to be in "NO DOUBES" defense and Napoli is going to guarding the line and Pedroia is going to slide towards first anyway, why not hold the runner, keeping the force play (more opportunity for outs) in tact at 2nd. with the speed of the runner on first, if you just give him 2nd, he scores easily on a base hit, where if he is on first it will take a deep base hit or a double to score him (with the batter having the opportunity to reach second on a base hit on any throw home putting the tying run in scoring position). not to mention that the kid on first is a rookie, and we all know rookies make mistakes... case and point... get picked off with the tying run at the plate.
With all that said watching sports on Fox is terrible, and unfortunately there is nothing we can do about it.