Skip to comments.TBS Drops Ball On Emotional Pittsburgh Pre-Game Coverage [Keith Olberdouche]
Posted on 10/02/2013 4:43:13 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
Ive been captivated by the tale of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates. A smaller market team overcoming two decades of misfortune and misery to not only break a 20-year streak of sub-.500 futility but make the postseason for the first time since 1992, nearly winning a division title...
unless you were one of the 41,000+ fans and media at PNC Park on Tuesday night, you could not watch the adoring fans welcome home their conquering heroes, exploding with emotion and gratitude.
TBS, one of MLBs three broadcast partners for the postseason, did not show the traditional pre-game player introductions, National Anthem or ceremonial first pitch before Pittsburghs 6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Let that wash over you again: there was no television coverage of what should have been -- and was -- some of the most compelling drama of the evening.
This was the best story in baseball and I, along with most interested observers, could not wait to see how the Pirates and their fans celebrated the return of postseason baseball. As 8 oclock on the east coast approached, I kept waiting for TBS to leave the pre-game studio show with Keith Olbermann, Mark DeRosa, Pedro Martinez and Dirk Hayhurst to bring us the on-field player introductions, National Anthem and ceremonial first pitch. It never happened.
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That said, I don't fault the pregame show. The national anthem and first pitch are usually not shown for baseball games, although as I recall they generally do show them for the World Series.
I refuse to watch TBS Pre-game show. I knew they had hired him, the worst of the worst.
To heck with TBS. They even quit showing the Braves.
Supposedly there were a bunch of tweets from angry “Big Bang Theory” fans upset that TBS is pre-empting reruns of that
show for baseball. “Baseball should just
end!” etc (via Tom Looney/JT the Brick/
Fox Sports Radio)
“Let that wash over you again: there was no television coverage of what should have been — and was — some of the most compelling drama of the evening.”
Olberman is a douche but the quote is a bit much. The most compelling drama occurred during the game.
I'll throw an extra $100 into the FReepathon if anyone near enough to do so would kindly deliver a good ass kickin' to that maggot !
I’ll remember, sweetest you.
Not only did NOT see the announcement of the players, we also missed the singing of the National Anthem by Andrew McCutcheon’s mom. She has an incredible voice, and has sung it before at PNC PARK. The nicest part was during one of her times singing, the camera (RootSportsPIT) briefly cut to Cutch who had teared up watching his mom sing. Quite a moment (he’s the real deal, you can tell that when you see his parents interviewed).
That was much more important than Kieffy & Kompany pontificating.
Too bad the Baseball Writers will most likely pick McCutchen over Goldschmidt for MVP.
Goldies numbers dwarf his.
It was a heck of a game. These one game playoffs are a bit jarring - that works in football, but I’m not used to it in baseball.