Opening Day Open Thread

Monday, March 31, 2008


I'll have other stuff going on today, but I'm going to keep a running track of Opening Day videos, quotes and goingons in this spot. It's cold and gray here in the Nation's Capital and it's perfect Baseball weather! Not really, but Opening Day is here anyway.

Here are your ESPN announcers for the day and I hope you get to enjoy some of the action....

Baseball Tonight from Yankee Stadium (ESPN, Noon)- Karl Ravech, John Kruk, Eric Young
Toronto at New York Yankees (ESPN, 1pm)- Dan Shulman, John Kruk
Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs (ESPN2, 2pm)- Brent Musburger, Orel Hershiser
San Francisco at Los Angeles Dodgers (ESPN, 4pm)- Dave O’Brien, Steve Phillips, ERIN ANDREWS
Baseball Tonight (ESPN2, 5pm from Bristol)- Karl Ravech, Eric Young, Buster Olney
Los Angeles Angels at Minnesota (ESPN2, 7pm)- Jon Miller, Joe Morgan
Houston at San Diego (ESPN2, 10pm)- Sean McDonough, Orestes Destrade, Candy Maldonado
Baseball Tonight (ESPN, Midnight from Bristol)- Steve Berthiaume, Eric Young, Buster Olney
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"Actually adding Robert Cano up in the lineup not at the bottom is significant."- Eric Young

That would be Robinson, EY. And so it begins. It's raining in NY so it looks like Baseball isn't going to get underway until around 2pm.

And here we go. ESPN is giving us FSN's feed of the KC-DET game while New York is letting the rain die down.

No one (who's not a Tigers fan) should have to suffer through Rod Allen's color commentary. Clear, rain clouds in the Bronx. Clear! (Via RJBO)

The color guy from the Tigers just said, about Cabrera, "he's never played in front of a crowd like this before." Yeah, well, he's probably right; the 2003 World Series wasn't that big of a deal. (Via Anon)

Allen right on cue! Verlander is looking really good btw. Fastball is up in the mid 90s and some of the Royals' hands are going to be hurting in this cold weather. Hey Edgar Renteria can still hit! 1-0 Tigers.

Rod Allen, about Pudge Rodriguez: "He looks in shape... put on a few pounds...looking thick....in a good way"...what???? I skip my class to see the first pitch of the last year in yankee stadium and i get this!? (Via Frigidevil)

Apparently Musberger told Orel about his rule of his color guy being required to slick back his hair. (Via Mal)

Hahahaha. Orel is looking awesome today. Looks like the Cubs game is going to get off soon....it's still raining in New York. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd.....

POSTPONED! That's no fun, but it looks like the Cubs-Brewers get underway at 3pm.

Here we go.....

"Now here is Tony Gwynn Senior. His dad of course the Hall of Famer."- Brent Musburger

And The Burger wastes no time!

"Fielder gave up meat in the off season. Cattlemen everywhere are hoping he'll go into a slump"- Brent Musburger (Via Mal)

Over/Under on Hersheisher strangling Musberger: Bottom 4th after Musberger makes his 9349309349393 retarded comment of the day. (Via Anon)

Under! And another rain delay. Boooooo.

"Roberts showed some veterness there."- Gary Thorne

Good lord.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:51 AM

27 Comments:

Eric Young is so bad. Are we going to have to deal with him all year?

Anonymous said...
Mar 31, 2008, 12:35:00 PM  

Must be great to be a fan of teams in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago

J.J. said...
Mar 31, 2008, 12:43:00 PM  

Yes....unfortunately we are. I can't stand when Karl makes a point about something and all he says is "Unh".

Mar 31, 2008, 12:43:00 PM  

How can ESPN break up the Musberger and Andrews connection? Hell, they should have just had Lavinburger and Andrews do the Cubs game. It would have been legendary.

Brett said...
Mar 31, 2008, 12:52:00 PM  

With the unfortunate diagnosis for Rick Sutcliffe, who's gonna be in the Monday Night Baseball lineup for the next few months? Shulman, EA on sidelines, and...

Mar 31, 2008, 12:57:00 PM  

Either they'll get Orel Hershiser or Steve Phillips. I'm not sure though. Hopefully they don't get Eric Young. That guy is a clown.

ifiok2567 said...
Mar 31, 2008, 1:17:00 PM  

I don't think they've said yet, but I'm guessing Orel.

Mar 31, 2008, 1:21:00 PM  

No one (who's not a Tigers fan) should have to suffer through Rod Allen's color commentary. Clear, rain clouds in the Bronx. Clear!

Mar 31, 2008, 1:25:00 PM  

The color guy from the Tigers just said, about Cabrera, "he's never played in front of a crowd like this before."
Yeah, well, he's probably right; the 2003 World Series wasn't that big of a deal.

Anonymous said...
Mar 31, 2008, 1:30:00 PM  

The color guy from the Tigers just said, about Cabrera, "he's never played in front of a crowd like this before."
Yeah, well, he's probably right; the 2003 World Series wasn't that big of a deal.

Anonymous said...
Mar 31, 2008, 1:30:00 PM  

You've just made my point, Anon 1:30.

Mar 31, 2008, 1:32:00 PM  

Damn, I'm torn. I'm gonna get blacked out on the ESPN call of Dodgers-Giants, which means no EA, but it means I get Vin Scully on Fox Sports.

I think I can live with that.

"It's tiiiiime for Dodger baseballllll."

Signal to Noise said...
Mar 31, 2008, 1:39:00 PM  

Rod Allen, about Pudge Rodriguez: "He looks in shape... put on a few pounds...looking thick....in a good way"
...what???? I skip my class to see the first pitch of the last year in yankee stadium and i get this!?

Frigidevil said...
Mar 31, 2008, 1:45:00 PM  

Apparently Musberger told Orel about his rule of his color guy being required to slick back his hair.

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 2:08:00 PM  

AA, Being a Tigers Fan, I really like Mario. can't think of another announcer I'd rather hear 162 times a year. Just my opinion

Anonymous said...
Mar 31, 2008, 2:13:00 PM  

You know what.....I think I confused the two. It's Rod Allen I don't like. I thought Mario was the PBP for some reason.

Mar 31, 2008, 2:19:00 PM  

Analyst I mean. God I'm losing it.

Mar 31, 2008, 2:20:00 PM  

Apparently God is not a big fan of baseball having 3 "opening days" and is doing his best to combat the excitement that many are feeling about today's games.

Colonel Cool said...
Mar 31, 2008, 2:46:00 PM  

Wow. The next George Brett looked great on that swing.

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 2:49:00 PM  

@ Colonel: God loves baseball. He's just not a fan of Shulman and Kruk calling the game.

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 2:51:00 PM  

Wasn't Felix Pie the guy on the DL during spring training with the twisted testicle?

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 3:00:00 PM  

"And here comes Tony Gwynn Sr." - Musberger

Maybe its just me, but there is at least a 200 lb weight differential and you know a .100 average differential. Shouldnt be too hard to tell the two apart.

Pickitup said...
Mar 31, 2008, 3:04:00 PM  

Brent: "Fielder gave up meat in the off season. Cattlemen everywhere are hoping he'll go into a slump"

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 3:05:00 PM  

What is Ryan Braun wearing on his head in LF? Is he wearing a knit hat OVER his cap? Mr. Blackwell would not approve.

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 3:12:00 PM  

Brent: Orel, did you use as much hair gel back then? I thought Steve Lavin had come back today.

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 3:19:00 PM  

Over/Under on Hersheisher strangling Musberger: Bottom 4th after Musberger makes his 9349309349393 retarded comment of the day

Anonymous said...
Mar 31, 2008, 3:32:00 PM  

For us Tigers fans, the Rod Allen (Drinking) Game helps to ease the pain a little bit.

I'm not sure who first created it, but there are varying levels of "points" (drinks) for the varying levels of idiotic commentary. Good times.

And since FSN Detroit has something like 150 Tigers games this year, we get more Rod Allen than ever before. *shudder*

Anonymous said...
Apr 1, 2008, 1:34:00 AM  

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