Originally posted on The Baseball Continuum:
OBSTRUCTION is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner.
Rule 2.00 (Obstruction) Comment: If a fielder is about to receive a thrown ball and if the ball is in flight directly toward and near enough to the fielder so he must occupy his position to receive the ball he may be considered in the act of fielding a ball. It is entirely up to the judgment of the umpire as to whether a fielder is in the act of fielding a ball. After a fielder has made an attempt to field a ball and missed, he can no longer be in the act of fielding the ball. For example: If an infielder dives at a ground ball and the ball passes him and he continues to lie on the…
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I am a fan of baseball. On any given night, I will watch almost any game, regardless of which teams are playing. Almost any baseball telecast, that is, except ones in which the announcer is a homer!
It is not unusual for me to watch a regular season MLB game in favor of a playoff game in another sport. For the past few years, I have enjoyed my MLB Extra Innings as it allows me to watch both the home and away broadcasts of every game. How do I choose? WIthout a doubt, I choose based on the announcers. I tune in to the broadcast in which the announcers are more objective. As soon as an announcer starts whining, I flip to the opposing team’s broadcast. It’s wonderful!
I am not going to name any names, but you know who they are. For these homers, when things are going their team’s way, it is because their team is great. On the other hand, when they don’t get a close call, it’s because the other team got lucky or more than likely because their team got cheated. Just call the game!
Just as bad, are the analysts that spend the entire telecast talking about themselves and when they were playing. STOP! You are not playing anymore. You are retired for a reason. You are old and can’t play anymore. We get it, your era was different. That does not make you or your teammates better. Just call the game!
I do not really mind announcers rooting for their team, but don’t act as if you are a victim of bad umpiring every time a close call does not go your way. Tell me interesting facts about both teams, the players, and baseball in general. Don’t give me your biased interpretation. Leave the interpretation up to me.
There are many talented announcers that are great at calling the game objectively. Vince Scully in Los Angeles, Dick Enberg in San Diego, and the recently retired Tim McCarver, who I listened to growing up. Certainly there are others. The game of baseball is better because of individuals like these who shared their knowledge of the game, not their biases.
Who is your favorite announcer?
I am not a fan of comedies. Seldom is there any substance to the story or a worthwhile plot. I tend to like thrillers or psychological mysteries because of the unpredictable endings. I have often said that it is the ending of a movie that will make it or break it, the difference between a 6 and a 10.
John DiTullio, a local sports talk show is putting together a mega bracket to decide the best comedy of all time. I missed the rationale why, but DiTullio has decided to make a distinction between pre-1993 and post-1993 comedies. Not surprisingly, I had not watched any of his #1 seeds. Being a fan of the show, and realizing that these brackets will be a topic of discussion for the next couple months, it seems that I better start watching some of these films. First in the queue was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and it was awful. This was not going to end well.
Next up, Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, a 1987 film starring Steve Martin and John Candy. I do remember watching Martin and Candy when I was growing up. Their movies are not the mindless meaningless comedies that are so popular today. This comedy was not only funny, but it actually had a story line, which is so often lacking. Martin is a wealthy business man trying to get home for Thanksgiving, while Candy is a struggling salesman whose clumsiness seems to keep the odd couple together. I enjoyed the contrasting personalities of Martin and Candy’s roles and the evolution of their characters. Even more so, it was the ending that, although not totally unpredictable, made the story worthwhile.
I’m going to continue catching up on comedies of the past, even ones that I missed during my childhood. Maybe there is still hope for the Comedy Mega Bracket! There certainly is hope for Planes, Trains & Automobiles to win it all!
$5 tickets, 50 cents hot dogs, and Deibinson Romero’s first AAA hit were the highlights at Turn Back the Clock day at Frontier Field. A great day at the ball park today, despite a 3-2 loss for the Red Wings.
After going hitless in his first two AAA games, Romero singled to center field to lead off the second inning.
Romero took second on a wild pitch by Charles Leesman, went to third on a single by Eric Farris, but was stranded there when Doug Bernier and Ray Olmedo both stroke out.
In the bottom of the third, the wings had the bases loaded with no one out. Oswaldo Arcia popped out to shortstop. Deibinson and Jeff Clement both followed with strikeouts.
In the 5th inning, the Wings once again loaded the bases with no one out. Arcia stroke out for the second time in the game. DJ Romero singled to left field driving in two runs, and took second base when Clete Thomas was caught in a rundown between second and third.
The wings lost the lead in the 8th and never recovered, but I’m stuffed and Romero definitely looks promising.