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Whenever I watch another teams TV broadcast, and especially national broadcasts on the big channels, I usually find the experience revolting with guys saying retarded things and acting like assholes half the time.
Their motivation is to try to say something engaging, something interesting, something funny, something that will draw you in, blow your mind.
AND IT ALMOST ALWAYS SOUNDS RETARDED because its contrived, not based on extensive baseball experience, and often desperate in its attempt to entertain, to engage.
That is what I've always loved about Tom Grieve. He talks baseball and he is NOT ABRASIVE. He is knowledgeable and talks about what is going on in the game in such a way that explains the finer points. Only an experienced broadcaster can do this because you have to have an excellent eye and a lot of knowledge.
I think Rhadigan will get better and he will get more comfortable.
For the mean time just thank God that he is not annoying as hell, that he doesn't make you want throw your TV out the damned window, that he's smart and doesn't stick to stupid calls like "your going for a ride." He seems like a genuinely capable and likeable guy who is willing to listen and learn from Tom and others instead of making an ass out of himself.
Again, he will get better, more comfortable, more natural, more able to bring in various points. I think he also needs to be less defensive when he makes a mistake. Further, he should ask Tom leading questions about whats going on, about how it was to be a player and what not. I think when he calms down he will be just fine or even good. For now I thank God hes not an idiot because I cant turn on Nadel because I'm out of state.
Just sit back and enjoy the game...you don't need a nanny to watch baseball.
First of all, second post you've had on the topic,with your use of the term "***holes". My experience is that guys using the term regularly often fit the description. Kids read the site, Joe. Play it classier than that.
Second, on this you may be right : Rhadigan may grow on me. It's early, and thought he was better even today.
Third, be advised that Rhadigan isn't immune from "stupid calls like 'your (sic) going on a ride'." In an earlier Cactus League broadcast he offered this gem: "Saddle up, baseball...'cause you're going on a ride!!" Thankfully, (he or) someone talked him out of that redistribution.
And no, we don't need "a nanny" to watch a game, but evidently there's a reason why producers don't televise games without provision of supplemental commentary,...but hey, they should know you're the smart one in the room.
Please refraing from the word "retard" and all of its forms. I work in special needs and these kids deserve respect. We can talk baseball without using words like that.
You didnt have to write a book about it joe
Come on Martin, if you have been on this site before you know that he did indeed have to write a book on it.
Rhadigan sucked thru 3 games. I'll give him a chance because 1) I don't have a choice and 2) I didn't like Lewin out of the box either and ended up really liking him.
I miss Lewin...
I didn't realize how much I miss hearing "BALLGAME!" after a win.
LOL yea adam i know he HAS to write a book about it i was just hoping that he was guna stop..
And i liked Josh Lewin he had alot of energy and knew his stuff and rarely did he bable on like Rhad. i wouldnt mind him being all corny if he didnt mumble and knew his stuff.
I still texted BALLGAME!!! to my buddies after the wins. Sounded weird not to hear it. But it also sounded weird not to hear "Hello win column!" for awhile. Everything changes....
I do the same thing Adam, it just feels right.
One thing that kinda bothers me is how he seems to bring out a NE accent on some words like yest-AH-day, and there are others I just can't remember right now, but listen for it next time you watch the game, he does fairly often.
I would have loved to hear Lewin call that grand slam though
I posted this on the other thread on Rhadigan...was it just me or was it annoying that he kept calling Saltalamacchia "Salty"? He's not a Ranger anymore, so you don't need to use the nickname. Pretty sure the Boston announcers don't call Josh Hamilton "hambone"
I'd actually let him slide on "Salty." I mean, Saltalamachia is a mouthful...
Thats what she said
The thing that Rhadigan is lacking right now is excitement... And I believe the majority of that is due to the fact he is so concerned with calling the game correctly he is seperated from the emotional aspect of just watching the game and portraying it through the eyes of a fan... I tell you some of those home run calls were lamer then hearing commentators descirbing a golfing match.... We will see how it plays out... But hopefully they signed him to a one year contract in case it doesnt work out
If my memory serves me right I believe it was a 3 year deal, but I'm too lazy to look it up.
I have no problem with Rhanigan calling him Salty; he did play here & was part of the best trade in the Team's history. Plus I can't listen to Eric because of the poor poor radio signal. I live 45 minutes south of The Ball Park & 103.3 doesn't reach my car unless I park on a hill. Who made that decision? I enjoy the change of pace so far.
What Rhads lacks, as I see it... he's almost too scripted. Lacks a naturalness of seeing a play to evoke the emotion, visualization of the moment. His narrative is not in sync at times.I don't want to think of his input, but react to the play.The game is emotional theater for me. Hit my nerve endings.
"It's Time for Baseball, Ya'll" Maybe I'll grow into his mannerisms?
I still have no idea why so many people wanted Lewin gone.
Makes no sense, and now we're seeing why.
I hate how he starts to say something then................ pauses ................ then finishes what he was saying which was pointless in the first place.
His inability to call of the incredible play by Jack Wilson was embarrassing. He still seems to have a hard time reading the bat off the ball. He makes Bill Jones seem like Curt Gowdy, but if that's the price I have to pay for the level of performance we're getting out of the ballclub, I'll pay it with relish.
Rhadigan calls the game like a rookie up from Low A ball would play it.
Agree w/Golden ... Rhadigan isn't able to read the bat off the ball from his new seat. He has to wait to see the ball bouncing around in the seats before he's able to call it so comes across as sounding like he's the last guy in the park to realize it's a homer. He tries to catch up ... but his "saddle up for a ride" call gets out of his mouth after the ride is over.
Bottom line ... Josh is a veteran student of the game and can anticipate the play. Rhadigan is a student of this innning's game as brought to you by the Elias Sports Bureau prompter. He might be ML-ready in 5 years or so. There are only about 5 or 6 guys in the metroplex or TEX system who would have been better choices to take over the flagship play by play role.
We have 2 color guys and zero play by play guys. I'm still most baffled that they gave this job to someone with zero experience in a baseball booth. He sounds so lost that I actually feel bad for him.
Actually, Rhadigan is atrocious. Not only does he sound unnatural in everything that he says, he doesn't even know the rules of the game.
Yesterday, TAG had to tell him, "Uh...no, you don't get an RBI on a double-play ball."
Hell, Rhads didn't even know that a run doesn't score when the third out of an inning is made.
Probably the worst move made by the organization since the Danks trade...especially given the club's renewed focus on the "fan experience."
Interesting second from someone who questions the mental capacity, decision making skills and mocks the speech pattern of Nolan every chance he gets.
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