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Rays-White Sox Game 4: Tom Jones' Two Cents

Best moment of the series

Hey, Harold Reynolds, welcome to the maddening world (or is it Maddoning World?) of Rays baseball. The TBS analyst pleaded — and laid out a strong argument — with the Rays to bunt in the seventh inning with a 5-2 lead, no outs, a runner on second and Akinori Iwamura at bat. The Rays didn't, though they did add a run in the inning. After it was evident the Rays would not bunt, Reynolds teased to strike Iwamura out because he was upset the Rays didn't bunt. "Now it's personal!'' Reynolds joked. In those two minutes, Reynolds showed why he is such a good analyst. He discussed strategy, showed insight and a great sense of humor. You have to wonder if ESPN made a mistake years ago when they had Reynolds in the studio instead of in the press box calling games.

Best premonition

Late in Game 3, Reynolds commented that it looked as if the Rays' B.J. Upton was getting hot. Upton then homered in his first two at-bats Monday. It's nice when an analyst tells us what just happened. It's even better when they tell us what's going to happen.

Most mediocre graphic

The TBS graphic that shows how much of a lead a runner has at first looks cool, but I'm not really sure it tells the viewer much of anything. Watching on TV, it's hard to know what a good lead is anyway and the graphic really doesn't help. It's kind of like cuff links. They look fancy, but you really don't need them.

Best praise

"When you look around baseball, the all-around athletic ability of this team here is the best of any team in baseball. And they're still learning how to play. If you follow this team every day, it's no surprise they won the American League East. This is a really, really good ballclub.''

— TBS analyst Reynolds

Final words

"They got a chance to run all the way to the World Series.''

— TBS analyst Reynolds

Rays-White Sox Game 4: Tom Jones' Two Cents 10/06/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 5:46pm]
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