Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Dave O'Brien is a terrible announcer

Rather than talk about how quickly the Tigers will ship Casey Fossum out or how predictable a Tigers GIDP is with the bases loaded, I want to vent about an ESPN broadcaster.

I was out of the country last year and had to watch the international feed of the World Series and ALCS. To put it nicely, O'Brien made me long for the Buck/McCarver combo. His constant bias towards the Red Sox was beyond disgusting and tough to listen to. Why do I bring this up now?

I tune into the Red Sox vs. Rays game on ESPN, and it took not one pitch in Evan Longoria's at bat for O'Brien to mention Eva Longoria. I had one of my "shout at the announcer" moments after that one. I find it hard to handle games that O'Brien announces, between the completely phony Al Michaels impression, the Boston homerism, and the utter cluelessness, he is hard to listen to. Going for the easy, banal, and overplayed link the first time you see Evan Longoria play is putrid on so many levels.

For all the talk of timely hitting, starting pitching, infield defense, everybody is missing the true reason the Tigers are losing: Dave O'Brien.


Anonymous said...

Dave O'Brien of ESPN is an exceptional announcer. He has nothing to do with your Tigers losing. I thought his commentary on the Red Sox-Rays game was terrific, refreshingly insightful and energetic. That was a great announcer calling a game the way Vin Scully, or Ernie Harwell have called them for years. Marvelous voice, pace, style. He's one of the very best in the business. Why you would invoke your struggling ballclub into a point about a gifted, talented ESPN announcer is lost on me. You should be ashamed.

Anonymous said...

How would you know O'Brien was a Red Sox "homer"? Sounds a little inside for me. Out of the country last year in October? Hmmm. Sounds like a soccer idiot. Any link there?

Anonymous said...

The blogger should go fuck himself.

Anonymous said...

No piece of shit blogger should ever be able to post a lie like this asshole did. Just awful that the web is populated with scum-bag fuck-ballas like this animal. Why should he be allowed to post a stupid thought simply because it rotated into his warped, immature little fucking head?