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Done From The Start

I did my best to ignore the hideous red jerseys the Red Sox sported today, but it was impossible to ignore the performance on the field. Right out of the gate it was a massacre waiting to happen, with Clement lasting just over an inning, giving up seven earned on eight hits and zero strikeouts. Even when he got some rare outs, they were lined shots or tough plays. With every start, I

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  1. Since we're criticizing announcers here, I have something to get off my chest. I know this is probably heretical, but I go ballistic whenever I listen to Castiglione & Truppiano. Lord I hate those guys.
    When the Red Sox & Yanks play each other, I usually listen to the Yankees' broadcast of the game. I like Jon Sterling, he calls a pretty classy game … although I always switch away whenever a Yankee hits a homerun: that way I don't have to listen to his stupid dinger calls. "AAAA Thrilla, from GODZILLAAAAAA!" Blech.
    But yeah. Castiglione & Truppiano can't get two consecutive sentences out of their mouths without infuriating me. Geezers.
    Go ahead. Lynch me.

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  2. You think they're bad, you should listen to the White Sox TV guys. Hawk and D.J. drive me nuts every time I have to watch the Red Sox on Chicago TV. Besides the fact that he always call them the Carmines (grrr), you get phrases like "C'mon Uribe, we're only a walk, bloop and blast away from getting back in this".
    Nothing compares to the sheer hell that I went through when MLB InDemand decided to only show the home team's broadcasts. Nothing like watching the AAA teams from FNS Anaheim and Detroit, and the worst of all, the Royal's cable network. I'd seen better producing in high school.

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  3. What do you guys think about Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo? For the first two years I didn't think they worked that well together, and Remy and McDonough were so much better, but this year, Remy and Don have been awesome.

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  4. Joe and Jerry on the radio are definatly a group that you either love or hate. I love them but admit that they can give you a heart attack on a fly-ball call.
    In regards to the Chicago guys I think they're funny. "You can put it on the board…YES!!!"
    Jerry Remy and Don (mostly Don) have sucked this year. Remy's been going down steadily, hawking his RemDawg merch on the air and Don has just made the broadcasts lame as hell. I'm sick of him laughing at things that aren't funny. And Remy just walks all over him; what was good about McDonaugh is that he'd put Remy in his place every once in a while. For example he'd bring up Jerry's rug, which was funny. And he'd make fun of how he lived in Weston. Orsillo just kisses his ass the entire broadcast.

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  5. Remy & Orsillo are getting better. Still a long way to go, but getting better.
    I don't mind 'em. That's the thing about TV announcers, though: their gamecall doesn't matter as much because you can see what's happpening for yourself & form your own opinion of it.
    But a radio announcer? His voice and his words are all you've got. And Geo, yeah, Castiglione is just a little too … exciteable, shall we say.
    I haven't heard Chicago's radio boys. I've heard their TV crew. Not good. Homerism, awful homerism. "C'mon Uribe, we're only a walk, bloop and blast away from getting back in this". Yup, I'ver heard 'em say that too. I mean, you expect a little favoritism, but only so much.
    On MLB.TV you get to hear a lot of different crews. Personally, it makes me appreciate Remy & Orsillo a little more. There are so many downright bad broadcasters out there. Remy & Orsillo are (at least) average.

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  6. White Sox radio is all right, but Hawk is worse than you think — try listening to him more often than once in a blue moon, you'll despise him.
    The worst part is hearing him pout like a small child when the Sox are losing badly. (silence) "There's a base hit to left." (30 seconds of silence).

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  7. Exactly Zach, that's what's annoying, the weezing. Remy is no better with his cigarette-smoker laugh. They just try to hard to project some image they don't have. For example their "Not your average idiots" tshirts. Besides being a year late with the idiots reference they aren't idiots at all during the broadcasts; they're just lame.
    And Sam I have the MLB package on TV so I've pretty much heard everyone and I agree, Remy and Orsillo are better than most but they aren't close to being the best. Just take homerun calls for example- Orsillo's are horendous, he yells so loud that it blows out your speakers and ruins the call.

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