Friday, May 13, 2005

Oh, Gordo

Listening to the Twins game this evening as described by John Gordon, our own real-life Ted Baxter of the play-by-play, I heard Gordo say the White Sox were losing to the Orioles, 3-2, after the Orioles had jumped to a 3-0 lead in the 4th. This, Gordo told his listeners, was the first time the White Sox had trailed in a game all season!

Wow. It kinda makes it hard to explain Chicago's 9 losses, though, doesn't it?


For those who haven't made social contact with a White Sox fan lately, the South Siders actually have set a trivial Elias Sports Bureau kind of record for holding a lead at some point in each of 33 straight games to start the season. Now that they've scored 3 runs to take a 5-3 lead over Baltimore in the 7th, make it 34 games. Isn't there a producer in charge of the broadcast, or somebody in the booth or truck, who could whisper corrections into Gordo's ear? Is he allowed to call games without supervision?

Meanwhile, Gordo and Dazzle seem more interested in tracking the Tampa Bay-Kansas City score and snickering about it than in watching a Twins game, at 6-6 in the 8th, which they're presumably paid to describe for those listeners who can't see it for themselves.

So it goes....

7 Comments:

At 5/14/2005 8:39 AM, Anonymous bjhess said...

My favorite part of the radio broadcast is if you don't tune in at the beginning of an inning you don't hear the score again until the end of the inning or another run scores.

 
At 5/14/2005 10:30 AM, Blogger Third Base Line said...

I've always thought that Gordo is the worst radio commentator in the game. Hands down. Left to his own devices, Dazzle's okay, but generally he lets Gordo drive the broadcast, more's the pity.

Ever heard Seattle's radio guys? Assuming they haven't changed since last year (I haven't heard them yet this season), they're the best I've ever heard. They focus on the game, and fill the natural gaps with interesting information about both teams.

 
At 5/15/2005 2:08 AM, Blogger frightwig said...

Yes, I grew up near Seattle, so I know the Mariners broadcasters very well. Dave Niehaus will win the Ford Frick Award for Broadcasting someday. I heard he won the fan balloting this year, but the official HOF panel chose Jerry Coleman (Padres) instead. His alternate Rick Rizzs annoys some people for being a relentlessly sunny homer, and color man Ron Fairly has a reputation as a Master of the Cliche and the Obvious who relates everything to the '60s Dodgers; but I can't recall them ever really getting on my nerves. Maybe I've just been away too long. :)

In my mind, though, they're all pros who come to the broadcast prepared--and I think the same can be said of Dick & Bert, and Herb. I like Dazzle best when he's doing postgame interviews, and he probably could be a much better color man if he were working with a real pro to feed him questions and keep him on task. Gordo too often sounds like he just walked in from the golf course 45 seconds before airtime, hadn't prepared for the game at all, and by the 5th inning he's already thinking about hitting the town.

 
At 5/16/2005 8:34 AM, Anonymous Jim H. said...

Someone should start a Gordo Gaffe log. My favorite this season: Twins are down by one run. Twins have a runner on second. Gordo says "a base hit here would give the Twins the lead."

 
At 5/16/2005 10:28 AM, Blogger Lichty said...

Thats why we love Gordo. It's like comfort food. Yeah, its crap, but its the crap we had in 1987 and 1991.

 
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