If Thom has improved lately, it must be on the days I have missed. He remains dreadful in my book.
"Booing on opening day is like telling grandma her house smells like old lady."--WOY
The Marty - P-Doc self-righteous one-two punch makes me embarrassed to be from (close to) Cincinnati sometimes. Homer gives them the easiest day of coverage imaginable and all they see fit to discuss is his personality and language? Who are these guys, the baseball Christian temperance movement?
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
OK here is my take. I've heard this about Jack Fleming (The Voice of the WVU Mountaineers and the Pittsburgh Steelers) and saw them beat him down and silence him. Marty is Marty and I love him. He is unique. Listen to the other pbp guys with other teams and you would be glad to have Marty. Listen to the TV guys on other teams and you're glad you have Thom and whoever is with him. It's all relative. No one would be perfect and never will be. If you want generic and someone who will be totally positive and rah-rah for the home team, just listen to other teams. You would think that team would walk on water even if they're 10 games below .500 and out of the race. If that's what you want--fantasy-- just don't listen. He is what he is and so is Thom. Same goes for Chris, Jeff and others. Kelch is boring and the only thing that saves him is his color man. I thank the heavens for our guys because I know we could be worse off.
"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."
Just throwing this out there because we can obviously never know the answer, but I wonder what the tone of this thread would have been in a pre-FSN Ohio/MLB Network world where everyone most likely would have only heard the game on the radio and the only chance to hear Homer's thoughts afterwords would have been talking to Seg.
This may really be the heart of the issue. Marty and the Radio guys have been pushed into a secondary role. Maybe his/their ego can't deal with it and they need to create this WWF style trash to drum up business. Most fans are watching via Fox or MLBTV demoting Marty from voice of the Reds to secondary status where people only listen when TV isn't available or they are in their cars. I used to have the Reds on radio every night. Usually I'd have a radio in several rooms so I could hear the game no matter where in the house I may roam. Now I don't even have a radio except for XM in the car. I watch on TV when it's on and listen via the internet when it isn't. With Marty taking days off these days, he may not even be on when I must resort to the radio broadcast and I may go months without hearing him. That has to be quite a come down for the guy who was once more identified with the team than any of it's players.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Big Klu (07-04-2013)
I'd be fine with Chris Welsh stepping into Marty's role.
I need Marty to retire ASAP so I can remember him fondly and forget about his behavior these last few years.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
I've said here many a time that my own idea of what heaven might be is a soft summer night, listening to Marty and Joe call a Reds win, while sipping on a cold brew in my back yard, sitting with my dad. Again.
But those times are gone, and in retrospect, I think it's easy to see that the presence of Joe softened Marty's cynical edges. Without that moderating influence, well, we have seen what happens.
I have no problem listening to Marty, even now (and still enjoy him), but what he did the other night went beyond the pale. He detracted, purposely, from what was truly a joyous moment in Reds history. In the moment, he put himself above what he is charged with only describing.
And in this day in age, of open access, many of us have had the opportunity to listen to other broadcasters, other play by play guys, either through MLBapp or iheart radio (both of which I use) or because many, many posters here actually live somewhere other than Cincy. There are a lot of great broadcasters out there. There are many who are the equal or superior to Marty. Like flavors of ice cream, we all like something different. Look, I even enjoy George Grande, and I know many here don't care for him at all (I had the opportunity to meet and talk with GG a few times and have never met a kinder and more gracious man).
I don't want to see Marty fired or let go. At the end, he will enjoy a wonderful legacy here in Cincinnati. I'd like to see him continue to take more time off, as he sees fit and clearly enjoys doing (and who could begrudge a man of his age of wanting to work less?) and for others to step in.
This wasn't Marty's finest moment, but this too shall pass.
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