Thursday, May 8, 2008

John Rish 2.0

Here's a nice story about John Rish, fresh from his debut with Joe Castiglione on the broadcast last night.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Rish seemed to do okay with the game. I always thought he had a bit of a snide tone when reading scores, but seemed better last night on play by play.

And, he may be trying, I think to avoid what is my biggest pet peeve, that whole "top 2/bottom 4" thing.

I sent Jon Rish the following letter, a few weeks ago. I was told it would be forwarded to him.

Dear Mr. Rish,
One major quibble regarding your work on Red Sox broadcasts. When you are relaying a score that is, say, through the top of the 2nd inning, please get into the habit of saying “top of the second”, and not that trendy “top two.” There are a whole lot of us who are being driven to distraction by this tendency of yours. “Yankees ahead, 4-3, bottom 4.” A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself “What would Joe Castiglione say.” “What would Ken Coleman say.” “What would Ned Martin say.” This is Boston, Jon… we are a traditionalist market. Those “slick” ESPN moves don’t fly here. It’s only a couple of extra syllables: would you please make that effort?
(signed, etc.)

[I may be tilting at windmills here... probably everyone will be saying "top 2" in a couple of years. Well... I may not be able to save the world, but at least I can try, in my own small way, to save Boston.]