It was painful listening to the decidedly Phillies-flavored telecast on FOX today of the Giants-Phillies game. It’s not that I mind watching the opposing team’s telecast. I do that often, and enjoy learning about the other team that way. After all, I watched countless Braves games games back in the TBS Superstation days in the ’80s, and a lot of Cubs games on WGN too.
What got to me was that this was a Saturday afternoon national broadcast, one in which the broadcasters supposedly are neutral and unbiased. Yet in an exciting game filled with big moments for both teams (a 6-5, 10-inning Giants win after two lead changes), broadcasters Tom McCarthy and Mitch Williams made it sound like a bad version of a Phillies broadcast, without the local flavor such a broadcast would have if it was the real thing. Continue reading