Big agree on this. Caught the latter half of the game today as audio-only and really liked Youk's talk about approach, predicting pitches, etc. He had some great insight tying together Story's hitting as of late and what made a few of his cuts late in the game less spectacular than those earlier in the game/series. He's quickly getting the hang of things in the booth, but . . .Agree with you on Youk's analysis of hitting. As a player he could hit. As an ex-player, he can talk about hitting -- mechanics and thought-process. As a former youth baseball coach I really enjoy those deeper insights.
My problem is he's still just too homer-ish. Maybe in time he could take on the kind of Remy-esque ability to still critique guys while rooting for the team, but Youk's not there yet. His improvement, in so few games and so quickly, is a great sign.Youk might just get the job full time, if he wants it. He seems to get a lot of games already and has a good vibe with DOB from what I've heard. That he is a bit of a homer just makes the package that much more appealing. The rally headband thing is probably going to be gold if they market it at all.
This is definitely his strength and what drew me to him in spring training. When the season started he seemed to have lost that a bit, but this past series he's been much better. Perhaps there is a direct correlation to the fact that the Sox were hitting in ST and again these past 3 series and the fact that there wasn't much offense to be had during Youk's earlier regular season games. When the Sox were struggling he was relying heavily on "Trevor Story, Kike', JBJ, Bobby D., Vasky, Dugie (pick one) is just too good of a hitter for this to continue." or "_____________________ is due to have a big game". I think in time he'll learn how to better fill those moments, but I really think his recent improvement is due to him actually having something more positive to focus on.Agree with you on Youk's analysis of hitting. As a player he could hit. As an ex-player, he can talk about hitting -- mechanics and thought-process. As a former youth baseball coach I really enjoy those deeper insights.
The baffling thing to me is he was remote last night when Eck was already in the booth. I get it when the whole booth is remote (as they were for the Toronto trip and a couple others). I don't understand why they need a third voice who's not physically with the other two at Fenway. Millar simply doesn't add enough for it to be worth the trouble. Can't really think of any announcer/analyst who would.Kevin Millar is a hard no from me. If I wanted to take an ear beating from a dude who sounds like he's neck-deep in an eight-ball and wants to tell you all their cool theories I'd go back to college.
I find Mazz's voice irritating but I'm starting to get used to it.....I think his analysis is pretty good most of the time and agree, his radio time allows him to be "calmer" and just let the conversation flow. At this point I'd probably rather Youk get the full time gig and keep improving but I wouldn't hate Mazz being there either.By far. At the very least Mazz doesn't try to fill every single moment of dead air with chatter.
He's been playing a character his whole life. Unfortunately I don't think that character is suited for a booth for a baseball game. Pre or post-game shows, sure. Intentional Talk is a perfect outlet for him. But not the booth.Just feels like Millar is playing a character. Really needs to dial it back a bit if he’s going to be on the telecast for all nine. Maybe the potential is there, not sure, but having him and Eck is just too much.
Unneeded for sure. The only possible reason I can think of is that it's still basically an audition process for these guys and they want to see how he fits into the three man booth. Since he's already set up from home for his IT gig on MLB they likely obliged him feeling that it probably doesn't matter where he's sitting as they have a sense his limitations. "You want to stay home? Yeah no prob Kev."The baffling thing to me is he was remote last night when Eck was already in the booth. I get it when the whole booth is remote (as they were for the Toronto trip and a couple others). I don't understand why they need a third voice who's not physically with the other two at Fenway. Millar simply doesn't add enough for it to be worth the trouble. Can't really think of any announcer/analyst who would.
You are remembering correctly and I agree - they were pretty decent in the booth. As of right now though my vote would be Youks in there with Eck and OB - obviously Youkilis would have to want it but he seems to be having a good time and is getting better every game.Didn't DiNardo do a few games in the past? I like him on the pre and post, he seems well prepared, knowledgeable, listenable and he's already in house. I seem to remember him pair with Monaco and thought he was pretty good.
Thanks for this. I think Finn is pretty much spot on with his assessment, particularly in the case of Massarotti. I thought Mazz was a curious choice given his schtick on The Sports Hub and wasn't looking forward to him being part of the booth, but I think he's been fine. In fact I don't mind him and I'm nearly past his nasally tone.