TBS, not so funny
Never has the Steve Harvey Show been so unfunny (not that it was ever all that funny to begin with). The official explanation for TBS missing the first 19 minutes of Saturday's game was "router failure'' in its headquarters in Atlanta and that caused transmission problems. What does that mean exactly? Who cares, the dang game wasn't on! Could've happened to anyone, we suppose, but it happened to TBS and the fact is, it's hard to remember the last time this happened to another network for such a big game.
Thumbs-up to TBS for covering home-plate umpire Derryl Cousins coming out of the game. Quick replays of what happened and excellent analysis from analysts Ron Darling and Buck Martinez on what Major League Baseball should have done and how it affected the game was thought-provoking and all-encompassing. Big thumbs-down to MLB. Fifteen minutes to replace an umpire? Ridiculous, embarrassing and potentially game-altering. There isn't a contingency plan in place for an injured umpire? Cripes!
I have to admit Chip Caray has done a solid job calling these games for TBS. I had never been much of a Caray fan, but he appears to have matured since his early days calling Cubs and Magic games. He isn't quite as excitable and given to hyperbole as he used to be. His style now is more measured and confident and yet he can still add a little dramatic call when the occasion calls for it. He has evolved into a pretty good announcer, certainly worthy and capable of calling some of the biggest baseball games of the season. Best interview
A pat on the back to Rays radio announcer Andy Freed for his pregame interview with Rays manager Joe Maddon. Though he wore kid gloves while doing it, Freed did go over some of the decisions Maddon, right, made in Game 5's meltdown in Boston. To Maddon's credit, he answered every one. While Freed wasn't Mike Wallace grilling someone on 60 Minutes, he didn't avoid the questions that needed asking.