April 5, 2011

An Open Letter to ESPN

This past Sunday, ESPN hit the air with its new "Sunday Night Baseball" team...Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine.

And for some of you...that didn't sit well.

Enter Andrew Stark.

Stark is a fan of The Hall and sent me the following email.

Dear ESPN, you have made a colossal mistake, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Jon Miller and Joe Morgan were Sunday night. ESPN, you stole that from us, and you should never be forgiven. The last bastion of true baseball television broadcasting has been dismantled, and you are continuing to undermine America's already wavering faith in our true national pastime.

You can check out the entire thing (and I suggest you do) HERE.

Now, I missed the game when it was played (I was watching Jose Canseco's swansong on "The Celebrity Apprentice"), but through the magic of streaming video (I love you MLB.TV)...I decided to check it out.

And after an inning...I've gotta agree with Stark.

In the pre-game, Orel Hershiser referred to Pedro Martinez as "Pedro Guerrero" and in the bottom of the first, Bobby Valentine called Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly "Dan".

I can't believe I'm saying it...but I've never missed Joe Morgan more (or ever).


1 comment:

David Allan said...

I missed it, so I am not going to defend the broadcast. But I've always been very pro Dan Shulman. Also very Anti-Bobby V for play by play. As for the Jon and Joe are sunday night baseball, I don't by it. It's like removing Bob Cole and Harry Neal from Hockey Night in Canada. At first it was tough. But eventually Jim Hughson made me enjoy his style, and we all move on. If Canadian Hockey fans can move on, so can you.