Originally Posted by gilpdawg
I'm sick of the "tell it like it is" meme. He doesn't tell it like it is. He's misinformed quite often. He tells it like he thinks it is. Is the whole "doesn't get paid to walk" thing "telling it like it is?" Of course not. Joey Votto is paid to play baseball for the Cincinnati Reds and hopefully help them win games. It doesn't matter how he contributes, just that he does. And he does. It's not debatable.
I don't want my announcer telling me anything besides what's happening in the game. I'll form any other opinions on my own. Tell me the score, who's up, how many outs there are, and what the count is..... and then shut the heck up.
If all you know about baseball you learned from Marty Brennaman, I'd suggest you open your mind and seek out other mentors. Maybe you'd learn something.
That being said, no one is better than Marty, except Vin Scully and Jon Miller. Difference is, those guys don't cram their agenda based rhetoric down their listener's throats. No one calls a walk off win like Marty. I still get goosebumps when he says "This one belongs to the Reds." I have a shirt with that phrase on it. I hope he gets a piece of that action. That said, he and Thom have both made me listen/watch the other team's feed, and I'm guessing I'm not the only one. That's just bad business. They need to tone it down. Do your job. Call the game. That's it. That's all I need from you.
I guess I don't mind when a sense of frustration comes from Marty. I don't mind when Marty brings up the inability to do the little things in certain situation. For example when the Reds had 1st and 3rd with no outs and Votto, Phillips, and Bruce coming up, any Reds fan would be frustrated when the Giants struck out those three in a row. I don't want Marty saying "By golly they tried their best." I think the perfect thing to do is comment on a missed opportunity to potentially blow the game open.
He can get a little snippy from time to time that gets old, but I tend to think that he still calls a great game. Go back and listen to the last inning of the Homer Bailey and tell me if that isn't one of the best. Especially considering the disdain that both people have for each other.