Fans watching the 2006 Major League Baseball post-season on FOX are witnessing a network running amuck in the broadcast booth.
Days later Thom Brennaman committed not one – but two – regretful mistakes, FOX has announced they have given color commentator Steve Lyons his pink slip.
This news comes in the middle of post-season play, an indicator of the level of embarrassment the network is dealing with during it’s most-watched time of the baseball season.
During one stretch from 1961-1980, major league baseball had a 20-game winner in both leagues every year.
Starting Sunday’s games Minnesota Twins ace Johan Santana is 18-5, Chicago White Sox Jon Garland (17-6), Detroit Tigers’ Kenny Rogers (17-6) and New York Yankees starters Randy Johnson (17-11) and Chien Ming Wang (18-6). The only NL pitchers with 16 or more wins are Los Angeles Dodger Brad Penny (16-9) and Arizona Diamondback Brandon Webb (16-7).
Will we have a 20-game winner in 2006?
Barclay Radebaugh’s checkbook balance totaled $13. Thirteen dollars left to feed his wife and children. Thirteen dollars to pay a stack of bills.
“When you look at men in the Bible, God always used a desert time to prepare them for the things he had for them in the future,” said Radebaugh, the new head coach of the men’s basketball program at Charleston Southern University. “This was my desert time. Really, honestly, it was the hardest two years of my life.”
In the wake of the Major League Baseball strike of 1994, interest in the game was waning. Baseball stumbled through the mid-90’s looking for a hero, a spark of some kind that would revive sagging attendance and interest.
Superman came to the rescue in 1998. Baseball’s superhero had red hair instead of a red cape, the big “S” across his chest was replaced by the classic logo of the St. Louis Cardinals.