Thursday, April 10, 2008

Game Two v. Detroit

Understand this: I am not pining away for the days of Glenn Geffner, but I have to admit that there is a noticable lack of energy when Dale Arnold straps on the old microphone as he did last night with Joe C.

Listen carefully or absent-mindedly, it sounds like The Church Lady is calling a game when Dale has the mike. I think the problem has to do with the pace of the game. Unlike hockey, with which Dale has a lot of experience, a baseball game does not create its own energy. Think of a ball game as a modulating wave. Some announcers (see e.g. Dave O'Brien) carry the call slightly above the wave, and increase intensity when the natural energy of the game appears.

Some announcers (see e.g. Joe C) talk in the pocket of the modulating wave, carrying on a conversation. When the wave increases in intensity, the announcer raises the pocket.

Dale is sort of independant of the underlying wave. He's not bad, but his call sounds like an overlay of the game, rather than being part of the game.

Your mileage may vary, and he is still an improvement over last year, but there is something missing at this early date. Given the fact that we as listeners have to bounce from one style to another, depending on whether Obie has an ESPN assignment, it is a bit frustrating.


Anonymous said...

Very good - that was going to be my other comparison for Dale Arnold. He sounds like Paul Lynde, or Dana Carvey's Church Lady - rich

Steve M said...

Yeah I agree too. I didnt get to listen to much coming home from work as I was on the phone but I did hear the homerun call that broke the 2-2 tie and he really gave no indication it might even go out until he said it was homerun.

It was to say the least very underwhelming.

It was like listening to a guy call the game off of a tv monitor but I think youre accurate in how he needs to find the flow of the game. He is so used to the speed of hockey it will take him awhile to overcome that.

Cole Kenman said...

It certainly has to be an adjustment for Dale going from the frenetic pace of hockey to the slower subtleties of a ballgame. Just remember, Glennie's gone and that's what counts. Marlins fans, I feel for ya!