Thursday, July 26, 2007

15

Glenn Geffner is calling his 15th straight game tonight.
It's astonishing that they still roll him out there.

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As I was readying for blissful slumber last night, reading, David A. Kaplan's great new book, "Mine's Bigger", I heard Glenn Geffner metaphorically chew glass. Commenter Rob beat me to this morning's post, so I'll let his description speak for me:

Glenn Geffner, speaking during the top of the 9th inning with 2 out and Wily Mo Pena at third base: "The way the Red Sox offense is going tonight, Wily Mo may get another crack at [hitting for the cycle]."Joe, without missing a beat, reminded Geffner about where in the game they were at, and how it was highly unlikely Pena would get another chance, unless Cleveland came back in the 9th inning (5 run deficit) and we wouldn't want that to happen, now would we?

Let's deconstruct Geffner's comment a bit, shall we?

1. Glenn is ever the cheerleader: "The way the Red Sox offense is going tonight". Nobody on the RS has a bad night. A Lugo 5 game hitting streak is a "tear". Earlier in the week, Geffner referred to the Red Sox bats being "on fire" in the first or second inning of a game when they had scored 1 run.

2. Geffner has no sense of game context. hence, his remark that WiMP would have a shot at the cycle with two out in the ninth, when the likelihood of him even having a shot at the cycle was equal to [fill in name of hot actress] doing [fill in your own fantasy] to [fill in your own name].

3. This happens over and over. Geffner is fixated on statistical breakdowns and comparisons that have absolutely no meaning. e.g. "Cliff Lee has allowed an average of 11 hits in each of his starts in which fewer than 4500 kegs of beer were drained at Jacobs field" [that was an exaggeration for illustration, in case you didn't figure it out]

Now, a word about the Trup haters. I get it. You didn't like the "Way Back" call. I agree, it was a bit contrived. But, consistently that is the only example that Geffner-O'Brien apologists can come up with when discussing Trupiano. That, and the premature "way back" call, which is just a variation on the theme.

But, Jerry knew the game, knew game situations, and as he said in the archived interview linked yesterday, the broadcast with Joe was like a couple of well-informed guys having a conversation at a bar. Geffner, on the other hand, is a paint-by-numbers broadcaster with no soul for the game, who is overly protective of the Red Sox, and who has no historical or in game context for what is going on around him.

He also has peculiar verbal tics, which have been chronicled here, including embarassingly poor diction, and the annoying habit of having to put a coda on any comment that he has made which he deems thoughtful. Last night's example: Joe was talking about the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and how the term was coined by Alan Freed, a Cleveland DJ in the 50's. Glenn, whose only reference to popular music has been "Fun With Tiggger and Pooh", by the legendary Kay Hanley, ended the RRHOF riff with. "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, indeed"

Amateurish announcer, indeed.

lc

4 comments:

Rob said...
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Rob said...

Glenn Geffner, speaking during the top of the 9th inning with 2 out and Wily Mo Pena at third base: "The way the Red Sox offense is going tonight, Wily Mo may get another crack at [hitting for the cycle]."

Joe, without missing a beat, reminded Geffner about where in the game they were at, and how it was highly unlikely Peña would get another chance, unless Cleveland came back in the 9th inning (5 run deficit) and we wouldn't want that to happen, now would we?

It has been kind of fun to bash on Glenn's shortcomings in the wake of Trup's departure, but in all seriousness, all I really want out of a baseball announcer is excitement where excitement is due, and flow. The game has a certain flow, and a good announcer flows with it.

It's been a while since I've been able to feel the ease of a lazy weekend afternoon listening to the game on the radio. With Glenn Geffner, it's not a lazy Summer afternoon. It's a struggle. It's hard to follow. Commercial to commercial, then you find out what happened when Joe steps back up to the mic. There's no flow. Just one consistent tone. Flat-line.

Anonymous said...

Another wonderful call from good ol' Glenn last night was after Cleveland scored 1 run in the 7th, to make it 12-6.

"Cleveland just cut the lead in half".

Um, no Glenn. Cutting the lead in half means you scored half the runs that you were behind by. The Red Sox didn't have a 12 run lead at any point in the game. :P

Figures the one night I don't get a chance to listen is the night O'Brian is back on. -_-

LC said...

Anonymous makes a great point. I have heard Geffstrodamus make the same mistake before

lc