Don Orsillo – You know your team is having a bad season when the biggest story of a given week is the announcement of an upcoming change in TV announcers.
While the Red Sox are trying to hide from responsibility of any kind, the news that John Henry signed off on the NESN TV decision to essentially fire announcer Don Orsillo at the end of the season didn’t sit well at all with the fan base.
While the official breakdown is that NESN isn’t renewing Orsillo’s expiring contract as they bring in Dave O’Brien from the Red Sox WEEI radio broadcast, a Boston Globe article laid pretty bare all the back room dirty dealing and underhanded BS going on at NESN that led to this parting of the ways.
Orsillo wasn’t the favorite of a behind the scenes NESN toadie named Joseph Maar. And because Orsillo didn’t particularly care for the mandated one week break for the broadcast team during the season, that helped make him even less popular with Maar, the one who instituted the break requirement.
Back in 2011, when Orsillo signed what has now become his final contract, this is what one of the NESN execs had to say about him: “Don is one of the preeminent play-by-play announcers in the league and one of the reasons NESN’s Red Sox broadcast is considered among the best in the business. He brings passion and meticulous preparation to his work every night, along with a sense of humor that has endeared him to Red Sox Nation.”
But now, they can’t even handle letting him go properly. This is news that wasn’t supposed to get out until after the season, but anyone who expects that to come to pass obviously doesn’t get the 24 hour news cycle world we live in these days.
The shabby ass-backwards way the network and the ball club have gone about this shows that they are pretty much looking at Orsillo as a reason why the ratings are down for the Red Sox games this year. After all, it couldn’t possibly be due to the fact that the team is horrible or anything.
Orsillo has been the only thing that makes watching the team’s pathetic performance this season even remotely bearable. The ham handed way his FIRING has been handled is just another example of UNPROFESSIONAL the entirety of the Red Sox operation has become.
And I said so in this brief note I sent to the Red Sox when I first learned of Orsillo’s pending dismissal:
The cowardly and boneheaded decision for the team and NESN to essentially fire Don Orsillo will come back to haunt you.
Orsillo is the only reason to watch the games anymore since the team can’t figure out how to put even so much as a competitive group of players on the field.
And yet this is Don’s fault that people don’t want to watch?
Typical of John Henry’s ownership. Blame everyone but yourself for the failings of what you have allowed to happen.
I should thank you for firing Don Orsillo for two reasons.
First, it makes it easier to stop watching the putrid team you farcically call the Boston Red Sox for one.
And secondly, there is the hope that he’ll find a new job with a team that will both appreciate his work AND actually not confuse the definition of the word “professionalism”.
Curt Schilling – After retweeting a graphic that compared the extremist population of the Muslim faith to the Germans who were Nazis in 1940, Curt Schilling found himself in a big tub of hot water thanks to yet more overreaction by the perpetually offended people of the world.
ESPN joined in on the pig pile of Schilling when they first pulled him off his Little League World Series assignment and then later cut him from tonight’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.
So why was everyone lacking in the clear cut ability to read and comprehend the graphic Schilling retweeted so pissed off? Because they wrongly assumed that he was comparing ALL Muslims with the Nazis.
And ESPN in their complete lack of any journalistic credibility sided with the morons of the maddening crowd and failed to back Schilling.
By the way, Schilling, to his credit accepted his “punishment” gracefully and took the blame for the content of the retweet. I think he did it more as a way to hopefully keep his job (yes, firing him has come up in the news as an option).
But what really chaps my ass about this story (besides the inability to comprehend the English language) is how ESPN has talking heads like Stephen A. Smith saying women are at fault for getting beat up by their NFL player boyfriends/husbands and the network pretty much supported him. Yes they gave him a wrist slap but there was no talk about him being fired.
Chris Carter tells an NFL rookie symposium full of new league players to get themselves a fall guy in their posse so if the player commits a crime, they can send that fall guy to prison instead of said player! This was at a LEAGUE EVENT and video of what he said was on NFL.com for a year. And he still has a job. This despite what he said basically advocating the definition of obstructing justice (another criminal offense).
And the most disgusting part of this whole Schilling story is that it has by virtue of public statements made by her, forced me into agreeing with Sarah Palin on something. She blasted ESPN for suspending Schilling. I’m not going to reprint her entire quote from her Facebook page but the beginning of it was pretty spot on, ”
“ESPN IS A JOURNALISTIC EMBARRASSMENT
ESPN – what happened to you? Your intolerant PC police are running amok and making a joke out of you!”
As with all things involving that idiotic twit of a human being, Palin rages on and gets further and further into stupidity. But me agreeing with her on anything for so much as 5 seconds is a sure sign that the apocalypse is nigh.
HONORING LAUREN HILL
Xavier University and Mount Saint Joseph will open their women’s basketball seasons at Xavier’s Cintas Center on November 14th as part of their planned yearly event honoring Lauren Hill.
The double header is being called the Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic and it has secured broadcasting through Fox Sports Ohio.
There’s more to the story including comments from all parties involved which you can read via this NCAA.com link. But this is a really great thing for both schools to do in order to honor Hill’s memory. I only wish that I was closer and could actually attend the event.
BOSTON RED SOX
A 6-4 win over the Mets on Friday night revealed more about the Red Sox and just how pathetic they’ve become. Despite David Ortiz hitting is 493rd home run (tying Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 27th place all-time), it was pitching that dominated the talk surrounding the game.
In game, it was how supposed closer Junichi Tazawa somehow managing to walk 4 straight batters in the bottom of the 10th inning. It was so bad that the Red Sox had to turn to Craig Breslow to seal the deal on the game. And Breslow has mostly been getting lit up like a Christmas tree when he comes into games.
Apparently Tazawa bent over to pick up a ball or something after he got the first two outs in the inning and pulled something in his back. Which I suppose is perfectly understandable. What I don’t get is how the manager leaves him in the game after one…two…and three walks. Nope, apparently it only dawns on Lovullo to take Tazawa out after he quite literally walks a run in.
Off the field, the pitching news surrounded the team’s decision to officially shut down Clay Buchholz for the rest of the season. He hasn’t responded to treatment the way all parties would like so they made the decision to focus on rebuilding his health and trying again next year. Of course, if anyone is surprised by yet another example of Buchholz’s fragility, you haven’t been paying attention.
Dave Dombrowski said that if Buchholz recovers, picking up the team’s 2016 option for $13 million dollars would be an “easy call”. This statement amused me to no end. Why in the world would it be an easy call to pick up an option on a player who seemingly breaks down more often that an actress on a soap opera?
By the way, my barely suppressed rage over this disastrous season has made me completely miss out on the fact that Joe Kelly, after beating the Mets last night, has strung together a 6-0 record for the month of August. He’s actually looking like the good pitcher he was supposed to be in the first place.
Rio’s “Dirty Water” Olympics Update – Peter Sowrey, the head of the ISAF (sailing’s international governing body) told the AP that if the water in Brazil’s Guanabara Bay isn’t cleaned up from pollution and trash, they could move the entirety of the Olympic sailing events out to the Atlantic Ocean.
His quote was: “If we can’t get the water to a level, then we’ll move it outside (to the Atlantic Ocean) — for sure.”
This was on the final day of a test event and according to the article I read, if the events were moved it would be a huge dose of humiliation for Rio organizers and the IOC. Of course, they could use some since none of the promises made to clean up the waterways have come close to being kept.
Apparently sailors in the test event were seen taking photos and videos of sewage pouring into the bay near where they will launch their boats. And this was while there wasn’t any rain coming down. It will only be worse if it does pour.
It’s like beating a dead horse, but you have to ask/wonder when those in charge of staging these games are going to get their heads out of their asses and do something…or more realistically…ANYTHING!
New York Liberty – After an 81-68 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night, the Liberty clinched their first playoff berth since 2012. On Saturday they beat the Connecticut Sun to become the first WNBA team this season to reach 20 wins (20-8).
Sports Illustrated – The magazine has launched a brand new subsite of their website. This one is focused on various aspects of college football. You can check it out at CampusRush.com
Little League World Series – Pennsylvania got a walk off hit yesterday afternoon to beat Texas to become the United States champion and they will face Japan (who beat Mexico yesterday) in the LLWS final game this afternoon. Good luck to both teams.