I have to say this season I really haven't been able to actually sit down and watch a complete Red Sox game from start to finish with the volume up. But tonight, I started to notice something very strange and rather annoying.
What is up with all of the promotions that NESN announcers Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy have to say throughout the game?
I mean, I'm used to hearing about the Dunkin' Dugout and CVS Pharmacy donating $500 for every save or game that goes into extra innings, but what the hell is all of this?
- Acura Key matchup
- Ford's Call to the bullpen
- New York Life
- Home Depot: Doing More on Defense
- Coors Light Freeze
- Cam Jordan's Furniture, blah, blah, blah
- Cumberland Farms Chill Zone
- Amica Pitch Zone
- Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea: Twisted but true
- NESN.com Question of the Day powered by kgb
- I know I'm missing at least 5 more...
- Wait does Scotts have a promo?
- Holy, Taco Bell...???
What the frick. Taco Bell? Since when is Taco Bell connected with the Sox? The closest one in the Fenway Park radius is on Commonwealth Avenue.
And I know this is three months late, but what happened to the Aflac Trivia Question? Now all of a sudden it's AT&T with a blackberry texting graphic.
It seems like every other play Orsillo or Remy have to say one of these. How annoying that must be for them. There was none is this 10 years ago, except for maybe the trivia question alone by why so much in 2010?
Is this pure greed? These companies obviously have to pay for the spots and are shelling out a lot money. So who's exactly profiting from this? NESN? The Red Sox? I can understand if they are raising money for charity or just a worthy cause like the Dunkin' Dugout, but that's not the case with Jordan's Furniture.
Replay making umpires less confident?
A home run or not a home run? That was the six + minute question during tonight's Red Sox/Orioles game. In the top of the ninth inning with two outs, Jake Fox took Robert Manuel (what an awful mugshot) deep off the Green Monster, but the umpires weren't sure if the baseball hit over the yellow line before falling back on the field.
First it appeared they were only going to give Fox the double, but with the new replay rule for home runs, they went to review it.
Remy knew right off the bat it was a homer. The first angle they showed wasn't a great look, but the ricochet couldn't have said it better.
So after trying to kill on air time, the umpires walked back out, delayed for a second, then signaled the home run. And what if there wasn't replay? Well, Orioles manager Juan Samuel already got ejected. So maybe the entire coaching staff would have initiated a massive argument and perhaps a bench clearing brawl?
Yeah that's a little bit too far, but it seems that umpires might be relying more on replay for home run calls. Even for calls that it's clear it's out, it hit above the yellow line, but we just want to triple check it's the right call. And people want to have more instant replay?
Nope. Not happening.
Amanda Bruno is a freelance sportswriter for The Springfield Republican and also writes weekly features for the Plus Papers on Wednesdays. She also writes over at Batter-up with Bruno where she shares her thoughts about the Boston Red Sox and the Boston sports media. You can follow her on Twitter @batterupbruno and can reach Amanda through email at brunosportshawk[at]gmail.com.