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2010 MLB Playoffs, possible upsets & no Chip Caray


The calendar has finally turned to October, which evokes thoughts of cool weather, pumpkins, homecoming and – most importantly – the MLB playoffs.  Say what you will about the seemingly ponderous regular season, but the postseason has featured some riveting games the past few years, and this season should be no exception.  On top of it all, viewers won’t have to be subjected to Chip Caray’s horrible play-by-play on TBS anymore.

With that being said, we would like to point out some things that the mainstream media won’t tell you about the playoffs.  Here are three fearless predictions/ things to watch for:

1. Everyone wants and expects a Phillies-Yankees rematch, but don’t count on it.

Yes, the Northeast-centric media and Fox executives would drool over this potential World Series.  But the fact of the matter is this – before last year, the last time both favorites headed into the playoffs was 1999, when the Yankees faced the Braves.  (2001 does not count, because the 116-win Seattle Mariners were the favorites in the AL).  So the odds are against a 2009 rematch; don’t be shocked if an underdog wins the pennant.

2. Don’t underestimate the Giants and Rays.

Everyone is fawning over the Phillies top three starting pitchers (Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels), but have you forgotten about the trio in San Francisco?  Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez aren’t too shabby, and don’t count out the suddenly resurrected Barry Zito.  As for the Rays, they had the most wins in the AL, and only one less than the Phillies.  They have a solid trio of starting pitchers (David Price, Matt Garza and James Shields), and Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria are dangerous at the plate.

3. A Rays-Giants World Series would cause Fox “suits” to cringe.

While it would likely be a good match-up, would anyone watch outside of the two respective Bay areas?  Thanks to the New York and Philadelphia markets, the 2009 Series was the most-watched in five years, and had a 39% increase in viewership over the 2008 Phillies-Rays Series – the largest year-over-year increase ever.  Bottom line: the most Phillies and Yankees fans outside of their home cities will be in the Fox headquarters in Los Angeles.

While this space is not usually a forum for predictions or “homer-ism,” it would be amusing if the Rays and Giants faced off in the Fall Classic.  Look on the bright side – at least we wouldn’t have to endure Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.

But then who would watch November baseball?

More MLB:

National League Playoff Schedule – NLDS

American League Playoff Schedule – ALDS

Braves Clinch on Final Day – Sports Climax

Used with permission of the author.

Chris Lardieri also covers the NFL for Sports Climax and the Los Angeles Dodgers for Examiner.com.  He has written about Major League Baseball for Inside Edge, a scouting company that provides content to ESPN Insider and Yahoo Sports. He previously wrote for 1766, the Rutgers Alumni Magazine, and popular blog, ‘The Outer Loop’.  Be sure to follow Chris on Twitter for more MLB and sports observations

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TBS Replacing MLB Announcer Chip Caray

What is your opinion of this commentary explaining an obvious line drive out to left field during a crucial moment of Chip Carayan extra-inning MLB game? “Line drive. Base hit. Caught out there. The runner tags. Throw to the plate. On target. And in time! A double play!” (see YouTube video of call below).

Cable television network TBS must have the same negative opinion regarding it as a majority of the media and fans do because although Chip Caray, the owner of that embarrassing call above has several years left on his contract, the network and Caray have suddenly parted ways.

The blundered call above, the overuse of his line, “He fisted him!” and several other miscues delivered by Caray this past MLS season created a huge buzz during the playoffs and may have led to his departure.

In a company memo, David Levy, the president of Turner Sports, wrote: “Since the end of this year’s M.L.B. playoffs, we’ve had several discussions with Chip Caray regarding 2010 and beyond. Both sides have agreed that now is the right time for Turner Sports and Chip to move ahead on different paths.”

Caray was handed the mic as a third-generation announcer. He is the grandson of the legendary Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray and son of the late Skip Caray who called the games for the Atlanta Braves for several years.


Related Stories:

Chip Caray Blundering His Way Through MLB Playoffs

Fisting Chip Caray – Deadspin.com

Caray is in a Verbal Slump in the TBS Booth – NY Times

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Chip Caray Blundering His Way Through MLB Playoffs

“Line drive. Base hit. Caught out there. The runner tags. Throw to the plate. On target. And in time! A double play.”

Chip CarayNo that’s not the voice of a ten-year-old kid running around his neighborhood stuttering through a make-believe play, that’s’ actually the dialogue used by high-salaried TBS baseball announcer Chip Caray during a crucial part of an extra innings playoff game between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins.

If there were such a thing as rolling over in your grave then Caray’s grandfather the late, great Harry and his father another classic on the mic Skip Caray were spinning out of control Tazmanian Devil style when Chip made that embarrassing call.

TBS just announced their ratings are up this year but as more sets are tuning in the MLB Playoffs, more blunders at the mic are occurring and Caray’s reviews are spiraling down the toilet.

During the New York Yankees’ series, Caray told his listeners that Minnesota Twins player Orlando Cabrera “has played in the Division Series with Anaheim, the Yankees, Boston and Tampa Bay.” Fact is, Cabrera never played for the Rays or the Yankees.

Mistakes like these are even chastised at high-top tables at the local Hooters when made by the common fan and are certainly inexcusable for any professional announcer.

Like so many media sources jumped on the dogpile opposing Rush Limbaugh becoming an NFL owner, Caray, who is also being ridiculed for his over-use of the word “fisted” is also feeling the coast-to-coast wrath from several outlets from the New York Times to popular sports blog sites like Deadspin.com.

As the MLB Playoffs resume play this week, maybe viewers should be grateful a majority of the opening series were sweeps; there was less time they had to sit through Caray’s blunders, lackluster performances and calls like “he fisted him!” at the mic. Of course Caray is referring to when a pitcher throws to the extreme inside of the plate but the term may be considered offensive to some. 

Regardless of the outcome of these playoffs or the ratings increase for TBS, if the network decides to keep Caray at the mic after the end of this season, looks like it’s the fans who may be getting “fisted”.

Related Article: ACLS Will Feature Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Again & Again – Paula Duffy Examiner.com

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St. Louis Cardinal Adam Wainwright Talks Towels After Loss

LOS ANGELES – In his post-game interview St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright explained his team’s 3-2 loss Cardinals Hollidayin Game Two of the National League Division Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday’s error on a mishandled fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth led to the Dodgers win and a commanding 2-0 lead over the Cardinals in the series.

And the reason he committed the error according to Wainwright was 50,000+ white towels being waved madly by LA Dodgers fans. The baseball is white and so were the towels. ‘Shouldn’t they be Dodger Blue towels?’ asked Wainwright.

What happened to the mantra about LA fans?

You know, the one that says they arrive late, leave early and want to be seen on camera more than watch the game.

During game one, the TBS announcer remarked that it was the first time he had seen Dodger Stadium full when a game was about to begin. In game two they were all there in the bottom of the ninth and were waving towels.

I’m afraid the reputation of LA fans will never be the same. 2009 will go down in baseball lore as the year that Los Angeles was accepted into the fan-club as a worthy member.

Even Mary Hart of “Entertainment Tonight” fame, with seats directly behind home plate, was standing at the end of the game. Her companion for the game, towel in hand was moving it from side to side.

Is it possible that the rap on LA fans has been wrong or just a gross exaggeration that Mid-Westerners and East Coast folks like to repeat, despite what the truth may be?

Truly a sign of the impending apocalypse.

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