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.