Re: For those who dislike Orsillo !!!
- From: OceanView <me@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 23:57:58 GMT
"Lee Gordon" <bucketofspam@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
<<He isn't terrible. He doesn't have Sean's personality or
dry humor, but as a broadcaster I've seen steady
improvement over the last couple years. Last year, I
didn't hear him say that the pitcher "has some runs with
which to work with" even once!>>
He has also dramatically reduced, although not completely
eliminated, players being "in the midst of a meeting with
himself." And he may even have cut back on the "bill of
the cap highs." He also does not make as many comments or
ask as many questions that reveal his relative ignorance of
pre-1970s Red Sox history.
I agree that Orillo has improved over the years, and
there's no doubt that he works well with Remy. But he is
still not as good as McDonough at his best. However, in
his last one or two seasons doing Sox games, I got the
feeling McDonough was more often than not mailing it in the
way Chevy Chase did in at least half of his movies.
Agree on most counts. One thing about Sean is that he had
difficulty getting along with his employers, frequently broke
rules and does drink a bit too much (not unusual in the
profession). My friend, who was a neighbor of the McDonoughs,
says that Will McDonough bailed Sean out of more than one jam.
After Will died, the management decided to edge Sean out,
first by relegating him to Friday nights, then gone
completely. Sean wanted to stay involved, but had burned a
The other thing that happened is that NESN bought out TV38's
MLB rights, and NESN is a known penny-pinching, scab-hiring
bottom-line company. They used to hire their crews through a
company called Greenline, but once they took over the
broadcasts, started hiring younger, non-union guys directly
and slashing prices. (Non-union guys are cheaper for obvious
reasons.) The IBEW used to be reasonably loyal to their union
members, but NESN goes with the cheap. Orsillo, being a
realtive rookie, was much cheaper than McDonough. And with
Sean's management ruffles, it was a no-brainer for NESN.
Sean's keeping pretty busy, though. I hear on ESPN quite a