What in the love of all that is holy was that freak show by Fox Sports last night. They managed to take what could be considered a World Series classic, and turned it into a telecast unworthy of most public broadcast channels. I think most viewers would agree, the best ten minutes of the night were when the feed went down. Yes, Game One of the WORLD SERIES and Fox Sports couldn't even stay on the air.
Lets not pretend everything was great when they were on the air either. I will never understand Fox's insistence on shoehorning Joe Buck into every live sporting event they broadcast. This is baseball's premier event of the year. History will be made this week. Get someone in the booth who does baseball full-time. Not baseball here and there, football on the weekend, and ruins US Opens in his free time. And Fox, when you find that guy, make sure he is not Harold Reynolds. My god... Here are a few of Harold's gems last night:
"That pitch was so close it burn's your skin." in response an inside heater. Makes me wonder if Reynolds has even taken live BP.
"David Wright throws side-arm to preserve his injured back." in response to David Wright...throwing side arm. I've never played third base at the major league level, and a professional scientist I will never be, but its pretty much common sense that a third baseman, especially one who has had to move towards second, cannot come over the top with his throw.
"Granderson saved some extra bases by getting up." in response to Granderson getting to his feet on a double hit into the right field corner. So, you mean to tell me that the runner just would've keep running if Granderson didn't get up/? This had to be his hot take of the night.
Look, I'm easy. I understand that the broadcast is going to suffer when it involves national guys versus their regional counterparts. But this is the World Series. You can't have guys in the booth who are going to detract from the viewing experience. That's exactly what happened last night, when the broadcast managed to stay on the air. Tonight is Game Two. Hopefully they do better, because honestly, they can't do much worse.