I listened to the game last night, to the bitter end, and during the pivotal ninth inning, Joe C had the call to himself.
The inning went on for a while and I thought, "Oh, well Obie has already left so he could fly to whatever shithole he is doing a game from for ESPN on Wednesday." Joe sounded lost and was really struggling with the call, because J Papelbon was desparately trying to shit the bed in his relief appearance,
A little help from O'Brien would have been useful to Joe and your humble listener/scribe. But Obie was MIA.
Much to my surprise, I heard the wrap-up show, and there was O'Brien LIVE interviewing J Bay along with Castig.
We listeners deserve the best product and if O'Brien is too cool for the room or doesn't want to get involved in the 9th inning of a must-win game, then I say get him out of there.
Apparently, O'Brien is doing the ESPN Game from Toronto, which makes his non-appearance more perplexing.