I'm glad that I've been watching the Red Sox postseason games in a crowded bar like Professor Thom's. I say that because most times it's been drowning out the abysmal broadcasts of TBS network. But last night at various times I was able to hear it, and quite clearly.
Let's say this straight out: Chip Caray absolutely blows as a lead play-by-play announcer. He was an unabashed homer doing the games in Chicago and Atlanta, and just isn't a very good broadcaster period. And in the ALDS he seemed to be nearly openly rooting for the Angels (or perhaps he just dislikes the Red Sox).
He's been doing the games with Buck Martinez. I never really disliked Martinez in past years. But I did read what a horrific job Caray's been doing on some other blogs (like Joy of Sox, Surviving Grady and A Red Sox Fan From Pinstripe Territory).
Last night when a Red Sox player struck out looking (Mark Kotsay if I remember correctly), all Caray could say was "Sit down!" Really objective broadcasting, eh? They seemed to get more excited during the Angels eighth inning rally than at any other time last night.
Caray's crappy work makes me appreciate the fine job Don Orsillo did on TBS with Harold Reynolds in the Rays-White Sox series. He's a professional broadcaster, prepared and organized. And he showed no bias for or against the Rays, despite being a Red Sox voice.
I can only guess Caray got his gig because of his famous name, his father and grandfather being legendary broadcasters. And now we are stuck with Caray and Martinez for the ALCS, where they will no doubt be shaking the Rays pom-poms.
But fortunately Thom's should be jam packed, and nice and loud for the ALCS.