Last night was the MLB Home Run Derby, a tradition that takes place yearly before the All-Star Game. The Derby is announced by Chris Berman, who tends to go way overboard with his home run calls for each and every shot. I diligently watched the Derby last night, and tracked Berman's homer calls. The results were disappointing.
I counted 66 instances of Berman saying the word "back" which includes each instance of the word said during his calls. This seems very low from pre-event estimates. My initial prediction was somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 backs, which we fell way short of. It's worth noting that The Victory Formation counted 64 backs from Berman, so it's good that we're both in the same neighborhood.
The most frequent target of Berman's calls was Jose Bautista, who got 16 in his first round performance, four in the second round, and five in the final round for a total of 25 backs. Eventual winner Prince Fielder only had a total of 13 backs. It seemed like ESPN was trying to distract viewers from the event taking place, because they had numerous players being interviewed at various times during the Derby, taking attention away from the on-field exploits of the players and moving it towards their guests. That definitely brought the total number of backs down.no comments