The Red Sox Try To Make It Interesting

Friday, October 17, 2008


Unbelievable. I'm just going to let the video evidence speak for itself, but I have something to say to TBS on the otherside....




"Was the basehit by Dustin Pedroia, as big as Dave Roberts stolen base in the Playoffs. Oh, so short time ago."- Chip Caray
"Absolutely it was. The Red Sox, were dead, they hadn't scored a run, down to two strikes in the inning. Two strikes, two outs, Dustin Pedroia goes opposite field and drives in the first run."- Dave Martinez

Are you kidding me? I understand you're trying to keep people around, but comparing those two plays is like comparing a High School lateral play to the Cal-Stanford/Band play. I'd also like to send another quick message to you Red Sox fans that left the stadium in the sixth inning......Go DIAF Have something very very bad happen to them that doesn't involve fire. Seriously. If you read this blog and you left that game after paying god knows what for those tickets, and you missed out on THAT comeback...just go away.

I have a feeling we'll see you in this spot for Game Six, my friends.

Update: Live-blog with S2N confirmed as well as a placeholder for a potential Game Seven one.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:20 AM

36 Comments:

It was a really good game, but TBS kept pissing me off by cutting to a shot of Joe Maddon in the dugout after every 3rd pitch. I don't think I could have kept count of how many times they cut to him just staring out at the field.

alex said...
Oct 17, 2008, 1:46:00 AM  

Really Red Sox Nation? You are gonna leave in the 6th inning of an elimination game? You might not have another home game until April. They couldn't borrow a book from Stephen King?

Anonymous said...
Oct 17, 2008, 2:01:00 AM  

I don't think anyone left in the 6th... People started to leave in the middle of the 7th when it was 7-0. It was only 5-0 in the 6th. I don't think its that unreasonable to leave in the Middle of the 7th down 7-0. I personally wouldn't, especially since if I had gone I would have paid $100 per ticket. In the end, 90-95% of the park was still full at the end.

Scott said...
Oct 17, 2008, 2:05:00 AM  

Not to harp on this, but I think that the fans that left, whenever it was, feel stupid enough as it is. Hell, I feel stupid as I was a johnny-come-lately to the game. I was elsewhere tonight (or I guess now it's last night) and I didn't tune in until it was 7-4. Damn, had I known....

JFein said...
Oct 17, 2008, 2:13:00 AM  

Pat Sajak is not impressed.

Anonymous said...
Oct 17, 2008, 2:25:00 AM  

"I'd also like to send another quick message to you Red Sox fans that left the stadium in the sixth inning......Go DIAF. Seriously. If you read this blog and you left that game after paying god knows what for those tickets, and you missed out on THAT comeback...just go away."

Jesus calm down. It is sports networks new favorite thing to make fun of Boston fans. So like 50-100 people left when it was 7-0 and they make sure they get cameras on it. Did you see that place in the 9th inning? It was pretty much still full. Which is pretty amazing considering the price of a ticket pretty much prices us out the most of us and leaves Fenway as a corporate/rich people get together.

Anonymous said...
Oct 17, 2008, 8:25:00 AM  

WAAF DJ Greg Hill famously left the 2001 Snow Bowl (tuck rule) game after the end of the 3rd quarter. People like me still give the fat loser hell for it.

I understand why people left, and I understand why you are telling them off. I turned the game off after the third inning myself. (And after my doug flutie miracle incident, I never turn the game off!) The Red Sox were getting destroyed by a better team. It wasn't the one game they were losing and people left. The team was getting killed night after night, it was understandable to think it was over.

But as someone that feels lucky when he get tickets to a game, ANY game, I would not have left. It's a tough situation. You are right though, they should have stayed.

Alright, I looked up DIAF, and that's just mean. Urban Dictionary you are my friend.

Pip said...
Oct 17, 2008, 8:30:00 AM  

Wow, die in a fire? Really?

I gotta say, usually this site is pretty rational but that's just out of line. I'd say the majority, hell 85% of the people were still there.

Anonymous said...
Oct 17, 2008, 8:36:00 AM  

people's feelings getting hurt by an internet meme, only in redsox nation i suppose.

Mike Georger said...
Oct 17, 2008, 8:50:00 AM  

I was there. I left in the 7th inning when they were down 7-0. I scored the tickets on Tuesday. But even with having recently had back surgery, I could not turn them down. The 1934 grandstand seats are pretty awful to sit in to begin with, but try doing it with virtually no way to get comfortable. It's the first time I have ever left a game early but I was in so much physical pain that I do not regret it one bit. And for those of you who think I am less of a fan because of it, then that is your prerogative.

And by the way, people were leaving in droves in the fifth and seventh innings. What you saw on television was all the people sitting way back and moved down front. The park was probably closer to 65% full at the end.

Anonymous said...
Oct 17, 2008, 8:53:00 AM  

i just googled diaf: Dangdai International Art Festival (DIAF)

i don't get it?

it sucks that the only thing we can do today is pile on the idiot chowds for booing their team and leaving early. but anonymous 815a, chowd fans are the biggest a-holes in the country...think (yankee fans + cubs fans + cowboy fans + duke fans)cubed. puds like simmons and kuselias and fossils like gammons further the example.

aa - you didn't jinx it, i had something ready to go also. let's just hope we can all use our material on saturday.

-dan

-dan said...
Oct 17, 2008, 9:45:00 AM  

I heard tickets were being sold at face value for last night's game. How interesting is that? That means last night game may have been the cheapest tickets to get all season!

Patrick said...
Oct 17, 2008, 10:02:00 AM  

Fan exodus not withstanding, Carey's comments about this being a more amazing comeback than in 2004 is absolutely asinine. Down 7-0 with no one on and 9 outs to go trailing 3 game to 1 is one thing, facing the best closer of all time with 3 outs to go down 3 games to none is another.

I would seriously pay money to any network that would hire an announcer who wasn't ready to declare every little thing as the "greatest [blank] ever!!!111" Sports did occur before that exact moment, and some of those moments were better than the one happening now.

Bouj said...
Oct 17, 2008, 10:11:00 AM  

My goodness....


"hell 85% of the people were still there."


Explain the other 15% that left, that is who he is targeting.

ssreporters said...
Oct 17, 2008, 10:36:00 AM  

The announcers pulling a Billy Packer and declaring the game over in the 7th inning was a travesty. Shame on you three.

GMoney said...
Oct 17, 2008, 10:52:00 AM  

GMoney, I'm the first to pile on. But TBS booth was just expressing the dread and inevitable air in Fenway. 7-0 in 7th. You equating that to Packer is like Caray equating Pedroia's hit to Roberts steal.

Anonymous said...
Oct 17, 2008, 11:02:00 AM  

"'hell 85% of the people were still there.'


Explain the other 15% that left, that is who he is targeting."

I'd say corporate yahoos and rich bandwagon guys who jump on every year and thought it was too cold to stay out. Believe me, if I were there I would have been there until the end, but I can't blame the people that don't care for leaving early, it was cold last night, it was late, the Sox were getting handled by a really good Rays team.

Fenway has priced itself out of having diehards at their playoff games (and so have ticket agencies who buy up a load of tickets to sell with huge price hikes) which means joe-schmoe fans, like me, can't afford to get into the stadium. That's about the only thing I can hold against this ownership team, though.

Anonymous said...
Oct 17, 2008, 11:07:00 AM  

Do you think go die in a fire might be a tad insensitive to the new england area as memories of the station nightclub tragedy are still fresh in which 100 went and as you so eloquenty pout died ina fire.

Plus there is Cocoanut Grove which occured in Boston many years ago killing 492.

Bright you are not. It's only a game.

Look at these photos then educated yourself and apologize for being an insentive asshole.

http://depthoffieldphoto.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/station-night-club-days-after/

Depth of Field Photo said...
Oct 17, 2008, 11:53:00 AM  

The point that AA was trying to make is that some people spent a ton of money, left early, and subsequently, missed the 2nd biggest postseason comeback in MLB history. I don't think he actually wants people to "die in a fire".

JFein said...
Oct 17, 2008, 12:22:00 PM  

@ Depth of Field Photo said...

Perhaps you're being too sensitive a.k.a being offended just for the sake of being offended.

AA was just trying to be funny and vent at the same time (because sawx fans are about as annoying as they come). It's not something to get worked up about.

Anonymous said...
Oct 17, 2008, 12:23:00 PM  

Screw you BoSox fans, you're going down.

Brad James said...
Oct 17, 2008, 1:30:00 PM  

Some Red Sox fans amaze me. It was honestly just a joke....sorry if it offended you.

I'm only directing my hatred to the fans that left early. The ones who stayed were one of the main reasons that the team came back. Up until that point Fenway had been seriously quiet, but as soon as it came alive, the Rays' pitchers looked scared as shit.

As a Redskins fan, I know good fans and bad fans, and the people who leave the game early just piss me off to no end. Sorry for venting and please don't take DIAF literally. As Mike said....it's just an internet meme.

Oct 17, 2008, 1:50:00 PM  

can we still use FOAD?

-dan

-dan said...
Oct 17, 2008, 2:08:00 PM  
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Rick said...
Oct 17, 2008, 2:15:00 PM  

I understand that its like GFY. But considering you take people to task for doing dumb stuff on the air for not recognizing how it affects certain people you have to maintain the same decorum. Or be called on it.

I agree on the good fan/bad fan but I really dont think the people that left were hardcore Boston fans. Hardcore fans as its been stated know all about the comebacks. Now so do the Rays.

Depth of Field Photo said...
Oct 17, 2008, 2:21:00 PM  

Fair enough.

Oct 17, 2008, 2:22:00 PM  

DIAF is money.

Anonymous said...
Oct 17, 2008, 2:26:00 PM  

Also, Chip messed up with the end of the game, as he said "We're going to Tampa!", when it should have been "We're going to St. Petersburg!", as that is where Tropicana Field is.

Joe said...
Oct 17, 2008, 4:14:00 PM  

Forget the 15% that left the game! What about the 99.99% of AMERICA that WASN'T EVEN AT THE GAME!

JESUS PEOPLE

Bigface said...
Oct 17, 2008, 4:28:00 PM  

Chip Caray is normally awful, but his excitement voice passed this test. Credit there.

On ESPN radio, Jon Miller got the names wrong: "Howell-..Gross going back." That's fairly inexcusable to confuse the pitcher with the RF. UNCREDIT THERE.

Bigface said...
Oct 17, 2008, 4:30:00 PM  

i am going to the cal/arizona game on saturday and i'm dreading listening to the game on espnradio.

if i knew 100% that tampa was going to win, i'd stay home and watch the game.

-dan

-dan said...
Oct 17, 2008, 5:23:00 PM  

Can we please eliminate the "DIAF" meme? It's unfunny and pretty damn insensitive. As someone mentioned above, if you're mad at somebody, don't wish painful death upon them -- just suggest something sexually awkward and embarassing (GFY, SMD, etc).

Jay said...
Oct 17, 2008, 5:42:00 PM  

Or how about we all stop being so sensitive to meaningless shit on the internet?

If you don't like something, don't pay attention to it and it'll save you a lot of headache later.

ANYWAYSSSS... Horrible simile's aside, I thought Carey did a fair job last night. As was mentioned earlier, the excitement in his voice was great.
Even when the BoSox scored to make it 7-1 it sounded like he was jumping out of his seat- whether he was just trying to hold on to viewers or not.

But possibly the best thing all night was when the tying run scored (not that I was happy it happened) and in his excited voice and call of the action he just yells, "Terrible Throw!"

Bazooka Jones said...
Oct 17, 2008, 5:56:00 PM  

It was funny listening to Chip choke on Joe Maddons balls when the comeback happened. Let's also not forget the LONG interview in the stands about the Philly-Tampa Bay World Series and the announcing crew int he 7th inning starting to thank the technical crew.

Just a botched effort. Grade F

Steve said...
Oct 17, 2008, 9:25:00 PM  

Is there ANYONE who conducts longer interviews than Craig Sager? Craig Sager has to realize that only one person enjoys long interviews: Craig Sager.

Bigface said...
Oct 18, 2008, 12:53:00 AM  

@ bigface: There's also his wardrobe problem. There's only one person I know that enjoys those hideous outfits that Craig Sager wears every night: Craig Sager.

JFein said...
Oct 18, 2008, 1:25:00 AM  

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