Opening Day Open Thread #2

Monday, March 31, 2008


Okay now that the rain has stopped in Chicago we're going to try this again. Brent has already called Tony Gwynn Junior, Tony Gwynn Senior and Orel's hair is losing some of it's hold in the rain.

"I told him I sampled his mother's product. I can always tell the difference when it's Mrs. Braun."- Brent Musburger

Ryan Braun's mom is a brewer for Anheuser-Busch, but if you came in at the right time that could have been really funny. Hey there's the Edgar Renteria I know! A strike out with less than two outs and a runner at third and an amazing play by Alex Gordon to end it. Tigers....0 and 1.

And we're out to Dodger Stadium to hear from Dave O'Brien and Steve Phillips. It's definitely not raining there.

Jeff Kent just jacked a homer off Zito to make it 3-0 Dodgers. Vin Scully is making the impending blowout entertaining. (Via S2N)

I wish I had him because Dave O'Brien puts me to sleep. Utley homers for his first on the year 6-3 Nats. Cubs fans seem to really like this Fukudome guy too.....



If I had one wish today, it would be that Harry Caray could have lived long enough to have to pronounce the name "Kosuke Fukudome". That would have never failed to be hilarious. (Via Mal)

I concur. Zambrano's pitches are moving like crazy today in the cold weather. Good sign for Cubs fans. He's only given up one hit through six and two thirds. Santana is also perfect through two innings.

I heard this gem early in the Tigers/Royals broadcast and had to take note of it to put on here..."He did a nice job there pulling out-- up, pulling up."- Rob Allen of FSN Detroit (Via Chase)

If Erin Andrews is doing a game in So Cal, two words should be required: tube top. (Via Mal)

I was going to say sun dress, but either would suffice. I have yet to see her on the telecast though. Nevermind....here she is....



Wow...the Nats are doing it again in the ninth. Nick Johnson with a double that scored Lastings Milledge from first....barely.

"DeRosa moves in to keep Gwynn close on second base."- Brent Musburger
"Prince Fielder not the fleetest of foot but he scores easily from 2nd base."- Orel Hershiser

These two seriously have no idea who's on base. Gwynn bunted over Weeks to 2nd and Prince Fielder got an intentional walk and is on first. Good to see Kerry Wood in midseason form already as well. 1-0 Brewers in the ninth. Make that 3-0 nothing after a double.

Annnnnd.....It's Eric Gagne's turn to blow the game! Single, 4 pitch walk, and......3 Run FUKUDOME HOMER!!!!!!

Great call by Brent Musburger noticing that ex-Cub Jason Kendall was trying to steal signs behind the plate.

Moving onto Joe and Jon and we find out one of our replacements for Rick Sutcliffe this season.....Joe Morgan. Boooo.

"One thing I know is....the ball hurts."- Joe Morgan

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:31 PM

23 Comments:

Wow. Alex "The Next George Brett" Gordon hits a homer and makes a great defensive play at 3rd to record the last out in the win over the Tigers. Royals are in first!

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 4:48:00 PM  

Jeff Kent just jacked a homer off Zito to make it 3-0 Dodgers.

Vin Scully is making the impending blowout entertaining.

Signal to Noise said...
Mar 31, 2008, 4:49:00 PM  

I think the single purpose of AB is to make every single beer taste the same, that same terrible taste.

hollywood wags said...
Mar 31, 2008, 4:57:00 PM  

If I had one wish today, it would be that Harry Caray could have lived long enough to have to pronounce the name "Kosuke Fukudome". That would have never failed to be hilarious.

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 4:57:00 PM  

I heard this gem early in the Tigers/Royals broadcast and had to take note of it to put on here...

"He did a nice job there pulling out-- up, pulling up." -Rob Allen of FSN Detroit

Chase said...
Mar 31, 2008, 5:12:00 PM  

ESPN is doing a bang up job in Chicago of missing either the first pitch of the inning, or, say, a great pick-off move. At least that can't be blamed on Musberger...

Trot Nixon's Hat said...
Mar 31, 2008, 5:22:00 PM  

If Erin Andrews is doing a game in So Cal, two words should be required: tube top.

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 5:27:00 PM  

Garvey: "Like a little boy, I piddled in my pants".

Mal said...
Mar 31, 2008, 5:52:00 PM  

white sox are getting screwed by the umpires...seriously aa get the plays hawk goes crazy

mike from chicago said...
Mar 31, 2008, 6:04:00 PM  

Thank god that Kerry Wood as closer thing worked out. Heavens knows that Marmol wouldn't be the better choice to close the game out. Goddamnit...

jd said...
Mar 31, 2008, 6:14:00 PM  

The only thing making me feel better is knowing the Brewers are paying Gagne like what 10$ mil to have the same accuracy as I would have out there.

jd said...
Mar 31, 2008, 6:17:00 PM  

FUKUDOME!!!!!!!!! OMG I CRAPPED MY PANTS I THINK...

jd said...
Mar 31, 2008, 6:23:00 PM  

Hahahaha. He killed that ball.

Mar 31, 2008, 6:24:00 PM  

dramatically tie in in the 9th
lose it in the 10th

same ol' cubs

-dan

-dan said...
Mar 31, 2008, 6:51:00 PM  

...and the fukudome high is over.

*wimpers*

Cubs..lose...Cubs..........lose

jd said...
Mar 31, 2008, 6:52:00 PM  

Class more by the Twins fans to give Torii Hunter a nice ovation before the Angels-Twins game on ESPN2 (with more Jon Miller & Joe Morgan goodness!). Because I wasn't here earlier, nice to see nationwide fans get a good whiff of Rod Allen. I wish I could find the 'Rod Allen Drinking Game.'

Mar 31, 2008, 7:20:00 PM  

RJBO - here it is

http://thewaynefontesexperience.blogspot.com/2006/08/rod-allen-drinking-game.html

and a bonus...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw8iF9Zxaz0

keyser soze said...
Mar 31, 2008, 10:16:00 PM  

Definitely the Candyman.

Mar 31, 2008, 10:32:00 PM  

Thanks, keyser. I found it & watched the replay on FSN Detroit. Ummm...I can barely type.

Mar 31, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

Steve Blass, Pirates analyst, after Pittsburgh reliever Franquelis Osoria gave up a solo homer to Jeff Francoeur:

"Well, I'd rather see (Osoria) do that than give up a walk to Francoeur."

Wow, Blass. I never saw you play, but you must have been a great pitcher.

J.R. said...
Mar 31, 2008, 11:54:00 PM  

My favorite part of ESPN's baseball broadcasts..."D" rate players such as Candy Maldonano telling me how to play the game.
Yeah, if you knew so much then how come no one wanted to keep you around on their club? Oh yeah, it was that career .250 avg.
Also, could ESPN had been trying any more to make the SF-LA game a Dodgers broadcast? I watched with the sound off while trying to check out MLB.com's mosaic feature, and all I saw were former Dodger players, Torre, shots of their retired numbers around Dodger Stadium, etc. Pretty much nothing about SF other than who was batting maybe or knocking on Zito while he was in the dugout (which he is a complete bust anyways.)

Stewert said...
Mar 31, 2008, 11:59:00 PM  

The best announcing came from the local SF Giants announcers, Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper. In the 2nd or 3rd inning, they were talking about the dodger dogs and the all you can eat pavialion. They said that in the 7th and 8th innings, that the fans would throw them in the bullpen and that there were weiners all over the feild.

Anonymous said...
Apr 1, 2008, 11:50:00 AM  

I've noticed WGN's Len Kasper refers to Kosuke Fukudome almost exclusively by his first name(pronounced KOHS-KAY). Is this a deliberate effort by the Cubs to make Fukudome he next 'Ichiro'...or does Kasper also have Caray-esque issues with the correct pronunciation of 'Fukudome'?

Anonymous said...
Apr 1, 2008, 11:51:00 AM  

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