Big wave night around the league tonight. There was one at Rangers Ballpark that received louder cheers than Colby Lewis striking out back-to-back hitters. Then there was another one in Los Angeles when Bryce Harper got his first major league hit that included some moron mooning the camera.
But all of that pales in comparison to the fact that Tom Grieve told people to stop watching or listening to the Rangers game in an incredibly passively-aggressive manner tonight.
Here is the full audio of the third inning thanks to @RangersExpress. It’s unedited and includes the top and bottom of the inning. I’ll hit the highlights below.
Dave, it’s been another heavy day in the food department. So much so that I’m going to have to warn the food detractors [Barnett laughs] that they may want to go the refrigerator, they may want to turn down the sound.
You want to watch a baseball game and actually hear someone talk about it in the process? Too bad! In fact, why don’t you just go do something else while we waste everyone’s time for an entire inning.
If they choose not to, I promise we will not talk over a pitch, or a ball in play, but there’s going to be a number of announcements. Now that’s the early warning to those people that don’t like to hear the food talk. I want to be fair to everybody. If you don’t want to hear it, be careful because it’s just about to come flowing out.
Well, that’s just bullshit. On Wednesday Tom talked cookies for one minute and twenty-two seconds straight. During that time Scott Feldman threw 4 pitches that were never even mentioned. Not what he threw, what the batter was doing, nothing. Just uninterrupted cookie talk.
And how nice that TAG wants to be “fair” to people that want to watch a baseball game! Apparently a large number of the record ratings Fox Sports Southwest is getting this season want to hear nothing but food talk. So TAG is just being fair to everybody.
The rest of the top of the inning is then spent talking about French waffle cookies, homemade almond flour muffins, chocolate pretzels and banana pudding. The only times the game is mentioned is when a ball is put in play or Colby Lewis strikes someone out.
And TAG wasn’t kidding about there being a lot of this nonsense to talk about.
I got so many of them I didn’t even get through them! We’re going to have to go to the bottom of the inning!
When they come back for the bottom of the inning there is a promo spot for a travel package to San Diego for the Rangers series there. TAG and Dave then spend a few seconds talking about how great of a trip that would be to go to Petco and see it. Which is great! They’re talking about a baseball related matter which is exactly what should happen during the game down time.
However, the food talk is not done yet. This time Dave brings it up and gives TAG the green light to beat us all down some more.
[Barnett] You’ve still got a little more work to do. [Grieve] I do, I do, I’m trying to pick my spots here and be very aware of the people that don’t want to hear about the food, I have to be careful. Trying to please everybody.
Wow, more passive-aggressiveness! I’m so sorry TAG has to be careful to not piss off people that want to just watch and hear about the baseball game.
And with that you can come back and turn on the sound, the cookie talk is over.
Finally, the cookie talk is over! It’s so good to hear that it’s safe to start watching my favorite team’s game again.
Obviously, I know baseball is a slow game and there is a lot of down time and dead air to fill during a broadcast. I also know that it’s not necessary to talk baseball 100% of the time during a broadcast. But spending an entire inning giving shout-outs to people that bring you food solely to get their name read on TV is ridiculous. If Grieve is acknowledging and addressing the complaints on air then he and FSSW know there are a lot of people complaining about it. And for Grieve to be so overt in his criticism about people that don’t like the food talk is unprofessional at best.
One thing I don’t understand is how Grieve and Barnett can seem so completely disinterested in the game this early in the season. The Rangers are an insanely good team, quite possibly the best in baseball. There shouldn’t be a lack of things to talk about. For FSSW and Grieve and Barnett to spend so much time taking the attention away from the game is just disrespectful to the team on the field.
Five years ago when the Rangers were not by any measure a good team I can understand wanting to take the attention away from them. But this current team and their recent history deserves more respect from their broadcast partners.