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Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Playoff Joe Time!

Is it me or do Joe (and Jon Miller, for that matter) sound extremely glum with the Oaklandcomputerland Computers leading 3-1 in the ninth? Rondell White's seventh inning homer got them super excited, but Frank Thomas' insurance tater in the ninth cast a pall over the broadcast booth.

Plus, there's this from Joe:

I’ve said this before. I think this Oakland A’s team can go – I mean, you know – they’re better equipped in my opinion this year to advance than they have been in the past, and I think a lot of that has to do with the way Macha manages and the fact that now you have a Frank Thomas in the middle of this lineup.

The way Macha manages? He's been the manager for four years now. What is he doing differently this year?

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posted by Junior  # 3:23 PM
I mean, seriously. Neshek just got the strikeout and Jon Miller lost his shit: "Strike three!!! Cuddyer! Morneau! Hunter coming up!"
I'm not saying they don't hate the A's. But I think the noise in that building has to be a factor.

I don't think it's unreasonable for a broadcaster's tone to be swayed a little by thousands of screaming fans. It's part of the story of the game.
You could also argue that Jon and Joe were excited at the prospect of a Twins comeback, which would have been exciting. That's fine.

I like my announcers to be impartial automatons whose only "comments" are electronic bleeps and bloops.
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