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October 13, 2017

Just Sayin’ (This Time It is Post-season Baseball … Again)

Filed under: Sports — Steve Ruis @ 1:09 pm
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This post-season we have both Jose Altuve (5 feet 6 inches tall) the shortest MLB player and Aaron Judge (6 feet 7 inches tall) the next to the tallest MLB player and their ghosted in strike zones on the TV are roughly the same size (all such zones having a fixed width but height adjusted to the height of the batter). I still think that on their best days this service appears to be run by an intern touching a light pen on a tablet display near where he thinks the ball crossed the plate and on their worst days, it appears they replaced the intern with a chimpanzee. I wish they would just turn off the distracting, inaccurate thing!

And while I am grousing here, they need to find some directors who love baseball. They frequently show a sequence of the pitcher’s face, then the batter’s, then the pitcher’s face again, then the batter and then snap out to a “normal” centerfield shot which shows the pitcher, batter, catcher, and umpire (then they cut to someone in the dugout, well their face anyway, and …). Why they are doing this I do not know. Do they believe the eyes of the pitcher and batter are windows into their souls? It is strange and they are missing the game at the same time. The infield has shifted to match the batter’s “spray pattern;” do they show that? No. The first baseman is inching in suspecting a possible bunt; do they show that? No. The pitcher throws to the first baseman while the runner is standing on the base; do they explain that? No. “The pitcher throws to first” is the comment. Hey, television is a visual medium, we can see that …. it …. just …. happened! This is not radio in which the action needs to be described. Why did the pitcher throw over when there was no chance in hell of “picking off” the base runner? There are reasons. He might have just been checking his pick off throw. If he hadn’t made one from that mound, or made one in quite a while, it is best to try an easy one, a rehearsal, before trying a harder one. He may have been lulling the base runner into thinking that weak ass throw was his “A Move” to first base, when he actually has a much quicker and better move in his repertoire. And there are other reasons.

Baseball is a sport declining in popularity … on TV, but with still strong attendance in ball parks. When are they going to wake up to the fact that their incredibly lame TV coverage might be due part of the blame.


  1. What I want to know is why is it when they do a dugout shot, or a player in field shot, they almost always catch them at awkward moments? A quick nose pick, a mid body equipment rearrangement, a hella loogey, a nostril clear, an ass scratch, etc etc…

    It’s time to declare the law of awkward/embarassing closeups I think.


    Comment by shelldigger — October 14, 2017 @ 7:27 am | Reply

    • Hear, hear. There is nothing going on in those closeups that informs the viewer about the game. Get rid of them.

      On Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 7:27 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 14, 2017 @ 7:29 am | Reply

  2. I watch baseball with music on and the blathering sounds of Joe Buck off. He should really have his mouth stapled shut, but alas, this remedy is a bit extreme for the modern baseball fan.


    Comment by Zach — October 15, 2017 @ 10:54 am | Reply

    • I have the same opinion regarding Mr. Buck. The product is much better when it includes his absence.

      On Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 10:54 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 15, 2017 @ 10:58 am | Reply

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