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Report: This is Don Orsillo's last season

Discussion in 'Our Errors are Mistakes: The Media Forum' started by Corsi, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    What would you trade to the Padres to get Orsillo back? Top 100 (team) prospect? Top 20 (team) prospect? Top 5 (team) prospect? Roster player? Starter?

    To make every game more entertaining, I think I would give up one of the team's top 20 prospects, but would that get the job done?
     
  2. moondog80

    moondog80 heart is two sizes two small SoSH Member

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    Nothing. Ultimately I don't care who calls the game.
     
  3. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    Do you also enjoy telling children that Santa is not real?
     
  4. charlieoscar

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    Dombrowski
     
  5. MuzzyField

    MuzzyField Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    The YES vote got a boost this year from Kay encouraging fans to vote on his Twitter feed.
     
  6. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I'd give them O'Brien AND throw in Timlin.
     
  7. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    With a crappy announcer to be named later as well?
     
  8. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Lyons? Sure
     
  9. the1andonly3003

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    Throw San Diego a slice of pizza
     
  10. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    Do you think their Padre mascot needs an extended family that is green and fuzzy?
     
  11. PedroKsBambino

    PedroKsBambino Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I have no problem with O'Brien, but Jonny Gomes is unlistenable.
     
  12. reggiecleveland

    reggiecleveland sublime Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    How much money did they save by getting rid of Orsillo? I am betting it is a comically small amount.
     
  13. Harry Hooper

    Harry Hooper Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I would think O'Brien costs more given his multiple suitors.
     
  14. the1andonly3003

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    Last night I found myself leaving the Reds-Marlins game on instead of switching over to NESN. Part of it was Gomes, partly boredom from OB.
     
  15. 8slim

    8slim Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Agree completely. Gomes is trying SO HARD at his folksy schtick, its brutal.
     
  16. reggiecleveland

    reggiecleveland sublime Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Sorry if this a rehash then why let Don go?
     
  17. Byrdbrain

    Byrdbrain Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    O'B wanted a TV gig so when his radio contract was up they had to choose between the two of them.
    I'm sure there is more to it than that but I think that is the basic gist.
     
  18. Van Everyman

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    The ongoing nitpicking of O'Brien is so over the top. He's a very solid announcer. He knows his stuff. He works with multiple guys effectively. And he has a flair for the dramatic. He has his ticks for sure but everyone does, especially early on.

    Lest we forget: Orsillo was a McDonough clone for a number of years. He became a very dependable PBP guy who had the advantage of being present for three WS title teams over the course of 15 years. People are (perhaps understandably) mistaking sentimentality for those moments and the fact that he appeared to be a good guy for talent. Don't get me wrong: Don is talented but it's not like we're talking about a HoF-worthy guy. It's too bad he got kicked to the curb the way he did but it's great that he landed on his feet so fast.

    Meanwhile, DOB came into an awkward situation, has his main partner get sick a number of times and people on the game threads act like we just got stuck with Hawk Harrelson. Right now he is being asked to work with a new, completely inexperienced color guy every few games. That's not his decision, and I almost can't imagine how hard that must be. But the fact that it's still been largely watchable (if not must see) is almost entirely due to DOB.

    The odds are strong that DOB is going to be seen as exceptional by the time his tenure is over. Give it time.
     
  19. charlieoscar

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    I've been following baseball for a very, very long time, from days when the switch-over from radio to television was just beginning and the television announcers were former radio announcers. In televison's baseball beginnings there was probably one camera covering the action and there were no video replays, no insets on the screen showing you the count, inning, batters's stats, and so on. All that was up to the announcer.

    As time went by and technology advanced, the announcer had less to do and became more of a personality. Now we have ESPN and Fox baseball broadcasts that have three anouncers, all of whom consider themselves celebratories who babble on trying to prove their importance.

    I had thought for some time that Remy/Orsillo needed to be broken up as together they spent to much time discussing what shirt they were going to wear, or packing, or.... And when they'd invite a comedian, friend or whoever into the booth, we would get games where we'd see about one-third of the game with the rest of the camera centered on the booth the rest of the time.

    Each was quite competent but they got too familiar. I actually thought that Remy would retire, given his health problems, and we might see an Eckersley/Orsillo combination but we ended up with O'Brien, who might be more tolerable if paired with a strong personality but as himself is a person with a tendency to make silly mistakes in twisting the score, the count, or using the same phrases repeatedly. Unfortunately, I do not think Eckersley wants a full-time job and the travel and it appears they are trying out new options (Jonny GoHomes).
     
  20. the1andonly3003

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    Many will argue that when Orsillo had a rotating cast when Remy initially got sick, Orsillo was the bright spot - being able to work relatively seamlessly with different partners.

    A lot of this I point the finger at the producers at NESN. It's the director in the truck who chooses to show the booth instead of the action. It's the booth who are in the ears egging them on their giggle fests. I guess I preferred ESPN/WEEI version of DOB than NESN's.
     
  21. the1andonly3003

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    Whoa, did Don Orsillo return to TBS? He is calling Nats-Cubs today.
     
  22. PedroKsBambino

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    I would say Orsillo was a McDonogh wannabe his entire stay in Boston, and he never did it especially well. McDonough is a lot better than O'Brien, who is better than Orsillo, who is himself better than many of the guys I hear for other teams when I travel. But McDonough is perhaps the best PBP guy around, still....neither O'Brien or Orsillo is in his class. McDonough largely made Remy with consistent setups, good questions to prompt him, and a sense of when to make jokes and be silly and when to focus on baseball. Orsillo translated this into 'giggle all the time no matter the game situation' and that's a big dropoff.
     
  23. SoFloSoxFan

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    Just a reminder that DOB has been a sportscaster for 30 years and has been calling MLB games for the last 23 years. He was with the Marlins for 8 years and ESPN for 15 years. This is not a rookie that needs time to develop.
     
  24. JohntheBaptist

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    It's the difference between having a personality and being the most vanilla human being walking the planet. Orsillo was great.

    It isn't nitpicking, O'Brien is a tremendous bore. I'll take him over others, but he's corny and boring and never stops talking.
     
  25. the1andonly3003

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    I'll take playoff Orsillo on TBS any day.
    With EJ and Brian Anderson at the PGA next weekend, we may get more Orsillo next Sunday on TBS.
     
  26. staz

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    This is absolute gospel. The biggest issue I had with Orsillo wasn't the silliness, it was the manufactured feel he brought to the booth: the bigger the play, the more sound-bite-friendly his exclaim. I'm sure he's a fine guy, but he came across as plastic.

    ITS ANOTHER MAGICAL NIGHT AT FENWAY
     
  27. joe dokes

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    O'Brien is fine in the big moments. But most of the game isn't big moments.
    He doesn't seem to have shaken off the "must keep talking" aspect of radio. I expected more because he was really good with Joe C.
     
  28. grimshaw

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  29. the1andonly3003

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    Don has a closed fist
     
  30. Spelunker

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    That is one awkward looking photo.
     
  31. joyofsox

    joyofsox empty, bleak Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I'm upset that Tito isn't slyly giving the middle finger with his right hand.
     
  32. Vandalman

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    Sad News:

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    Don Orsilloā€¸Verified account @DonOrsillo 35m35 minutes ago


    Diagnosed Aug of 2015, last night my dad lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Thanks to Smilow Cancer Hospital for doing all they could.
     
  33. IpswichSox

    IpswichSox Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    August 2015: Don's dad is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and it leaks that NESN wasn't renewing his contract.
     
  34. Chipper1

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  35. Chipper1

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    Orsillo was the worst Red Sox announcer in the 50+ years that I have followed the Sox. I have enjoyed the games much more this season until NESN started bringing in the likes of Gomes and others. Too bad Remy is off until next season. Also too bad that Eck doesn't want to work more games.
     
  36. Curt S Loew

    Curt S Loew SoSH Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks, Dave.
     
  37. GRPhilipp

    GRPhilipp Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    Old friend Don Orsillo was the victim of some on-camera, broadcaster-on-broadcaster violence during the bottom of the 6th of tonight's (4/4/2018) Rockies-Padres game. He was a good sport. Pretty funny stuff. I recommend it.
     
  38. Chipper1

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    I don't find him funny at all and don't miss him on Red Sox telecasts at all.
     
  39. joe dokes

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    So tell us Mrs. O'Brien, how do you cope with Dave being on the road for half the year?
     
  40. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

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    You certainly are Chipper!
     
  41. joyofsox

    joyofsox empty, bleak Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I got extremely tired on Don's schtick before he headed west, but I'd welcome him back to his old job in 1.4 seconds if he wanted it.
     
  42. the1andonly3003

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    two seasons later, we get the same conversation...
     
  43. joe dokes

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    I didn't see it til last night, but O'Brien's call of the GWH was a bit subdued. Maybe its a function of closed windows in the booth, but because I'm not a nice person, I think it's because O'B the Scold loves crapping on Hanley.
     
  44. bosox79

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    You aren't alone. This board was full of people wanting to replace Don and Jerry a few years back. Absence makes the heart grow fonder I guess. Don Orsillo was boring and vanilla.
     
  45. Bunt4aTriple

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    Tim Neverett had to be the worse call, despite him being fairly animated. He just said that it was over, no indication as to where it was hit. It took several minutes for someone to say it was on the warning track.
     
  46. joe dokes

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    That, too. (Thats the one I heard live.)
     
  47. Smiling Joe Hesketh

    Smiling Joe Hesketh All Hail King Boron Dope

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    DOB did get a touch more animated when Hanley started running away from his teammates to avoid the inevitable dousing.
     
  48. joe dokes

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    "Not a team guy." [I made that up]
     
  49. Smiling Joe Hesketh

    Smiling Joe Hesketh All Hail King Boron Dope

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    LOL. You had me for a second.
     
  50. The Napkin

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    The whistled S thing DOB does just drives me absolutely bonkers. I hate whoever it was that pointed it out to me because I can't hear anything else when I hear him speak now.
     

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