Thoughts from a former Minor League broadcaster about baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Minors as well.
Random Thoughts- Playoff Edition
To say that yesterday’s games were the epitomy of what post-season baseball should be is an understatement.
Jeff Mathis and Jimmy Rollins provided game-winning hits for their teams that gave us great TV watching and big wins for Anaheim and Philadelphia, respectively. Mathis’ hit kept Angels hope alive for them to make their first World Series since 2002, while Rollins hit gave his team a 3 games-to-1 lead as they look to become the first National League team to repeat as World Champions since the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 & 1976.
I realize that the job of the media today is about a 50-50 split between provide information and entertain.
That’s why I wonder what L.A. Times writer T.J. Simers was going for when in the middle of his column today about how the Dodgers were letting an opportunity slip away, he goes into the following rant…
“As you know, Fox will be broadcasting the World Series and it likes to put the camera on the face of every single fan sitting in the stands, these fans as ugly as any in the country.
Nowhere in America are people more angry than those living here. During Game 3 they had their humorless furry mascot put on boxing gloves and take on someone who was supposed to be an L.A. fan, sunglasses, cellphone and all.
The furry mascot punched him out, much to the delight of the folks here who love a dash of violence with their sports entertainment.
During Game 4 the furry mascot took a small Dodgers blue helmet, placed it on the ground and then pulverized it, much to the delight of the locals. Same tired skits, by the way, they employed a year ago.
But this is considered entertainment here, the only bright spot if they draw the Yankees now, getting a look in the mirror at fans who might remind them of themselves.
Was there not enough to write about in the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss to the Phillies?
I’m sure that his next article will be about Dodger fans who arrive in the 2nd Inning and leave in the 7th Inning.
The Pen Is Mightier
After all of their struggles over the course of the 2009 season, the Phillies bullpen last night showed the form that led them to the World Series title