Tuesday, August 14, 2007

No Reason

Nice win by the Sox last night, but where was Dave O'Brien?

No Monday Night Baseball. No football (the real football), unless Obie was calling something on ESPN45 that my cable doesn't get. [update: according to Ken at Fang's Bites "Dave was doing the Houston - LA Dodger game on ESPN2." I tapped out after the Little League game]

No, we were force-fed Glenn Geffner who is sounding like a meth-addicted gecko (apologies to meth addicts and geckos)

The Vice President, Communications of your Boston Red Sox persists as an announcer, with no disclosure of his role. An officer of a company has what is called a fiduciary duty to his company. That means that he can't undermine the goals of the organization, or he can be sued.

According to Wikipedia:

A fiduciary duty is the highest standard of care imposed at either equity or law. A fiduciary is expected to be extremely loyal to the person to whom they owe the duty (the "principal"): they must not put their personal interests before the duty, and must not profit from their position as a fiduciary, unless the principal consents. The fiduciary relationship is highlighted by good faith, loyalty and trust, and the word itself originally comes from the Latin fides, meaning faith, and fiducia. When a fiduciary duty is imposed, equity requires a stricter standard of behavior than the comparable tortious duty of care at common law. It is said the fiduciary has a duty not to be in a situation where personal interests and fiduciary duty conflict, a duty not to be in a situation where their fiduciary duty conflicts with another fiduciary duty, and a duty not to profit from their fiduciary position without express knowledge and consent. A fiduciary cannot have a conflict of interest. It has been said that fiduciaries must conduct themselves "at a level higher than that trodden by the crowd."

For us dummies, that means that he is legally bound to state total bullshit about the Red Sox to avoid undermining their value.

I am not saying that announcers have to approach a game like Walter Cronkite, but they need to have, and we expect them to have, some objectivity. The failure to disclose his role is abhorrent.



kzfone said...


Dave was doing the Houston - LA Dodger game on ESPN2.


Rob said...

It was actually Jon Sciambi who had last night's ESPN2 game, Houston at LA. I betcha Dave was at home enjoying a night off. He had been on the road for 17 days before last night. I wouldn't be surprised if we get Geffner again tonight, but I wouldn't be surprised if we get Obie tonight, either. We'll see.

That has been one of the more fun games this season (minus the repercussions to us Red Sox radio listeners)... "Where in the World is Dave O'Brien?"