When you love a team, and know more about them than you know about several members of your extended family, it's tough to listen to a broadcast team who seems to be starting with a baseline knowledge of approximately zero. When your team also happens to be playing the Yankees, things get a little vomit inducing. Like when they suggested that actually, having a kagillion dollar payroll and being a successful team in the largest media market in the country is just such "a burden."
Yes, poor lil' fellas. Tell it to the team on the field who got 3 hours of sleep the night before and most of whom are making close to the league minimum salary.
Anyway, to cope, you have to see the funny. I subscribed to MLB's postseason.tv to watch the tie-breaker at work while the dvr worked overtime at home. It's fixed angle camera feeds (you can choose up to 4 angles to watch out of 9....2 of which are dugout cameras, yay!) with the TBS broadcast audio feed. Since it was the first night of postseason.tv functionality, I think they were still working out the bugs. For example, for most of the game, the audio feed didn't cut away during commercial breaks. So I was able to hear how ridiculous the guys sounded trying to frantically search for random statistics they could lead off with after the break, desperately trying to make them sound meaningful. There were a lot of conversations like this:
3rd inning: "Hey, if we go back to last year, the Twins haven't scored in 11 innings of tie-break games!" "Yeah! That's a great one! Let's go with that!"
"Wait, wait, wait! What's that helmet Joe Mauer wears? Is that like an '80s helmet or something? I bet it is. That would make a great bit. Somebody find out!"
And of course, when the Tigers scored 3 runs, there was all of the preparation for the next series. Who the Tigers will be pitching first against the Yankees, etc. Ha. Gotcha that time, TBS.
So, since I can only assume that their commercial break prep work involves Googling, maybe they will find this post. So, I've compiled some of their favorite Twins information they will probably need at some point, all in one handy dandy spot. You're welcome, Chip.
- Joe Mauer is really good at baseball.
- Joe Mauer is, believe it or not, FROM Minnesota!
- Joe Mauer is pretty gosh darn tall for a catcher. He's 6'5"!
- Joe Mauer has 3 batting titles
- Joe Mauer has sideburns.
- There are also 24 other players on the Twins playoff roster. None of them are named Joe Mauer.
- Three years ago, Ozzie Guillen called some of the Twins "piranhas" one time.
- Justin Morneau is injured.
- The Twins miss Justin Morneau.
- The Twins are considered a "small-market team."
- The Twins couldn't afford to keep Johan Santana and Torii Hunter, because they are a small-market team.
In case you're interested in branching out TBS (and/or all you Yankees fans and/or bandwagon Twins "fans" who are googling them right now), Nick Blackburn is starting tonight and you can find all sorts of good information here.