FINAL SCORE IN ANAHEIM: ASTROS 13 – ANGELS 6
Friday night’s embarrassment was demoralizing. To sit in the stands at the stadium must have been miserable. But to watch it on AppleTV+ was simply unbearable.
This broadcast crew mocked Californians as lazy and not “real fans” and then when those fans cheered a deep fly ball that was caught at the track the broadcast crew cackled that they must all be drunk. “Drink a water in between beers folks” said the play by play announcer who talked about the crowd and told stories of other games – everything but announcing the game. Requisite jock Hunter Pence was not an interesting describer of things, talked about people in vague terms, repeating “He” in a story involving two or three people with no indication to which person he was referring s his dull tales dragged on, avoiding the action on the field as much as the boring play by play guy.
A woman was in the booth with these two so that AppleTV+ could show that they are “not sexist” but all she did was breathlessly ask Hunter his opinion on things when she wasn’t asking him to explain various complexities of the game that every fifth grader knows to her. Score one for Progressive Sexism! She trashed the Rally Monkey and the Play By Play guy shut her down quickly, describing its tradition in Anaheim, but of course, in a mocking tone that implied we were not real fans because of this goofy tradition.
The only thing they didn’t belabor was a single mention of the fact that the Houston Astros were cheaters and that owner Jim Crane is an amoral scumwad who is almost certainly financing ways for his team to continue cheating. Did every one of these players illegally juice during the lockout? They are cheaters so probably. Heaven forbid this “Totally Cool With-It Hipster” announcing crew to bring up the historical fact of 2017 (although htey may have as I muted this terrible crew for a lot of the game). To the Apple broadcast’s credit, their graphics were minimal and unobtrusive, if they just kept that minimal theme and piped in the crowd noise with NO announcing it would have been superior.
The Angels looked overmatched at every position compared to the Astros. The Angels looked terrible on defense, and over the first two games, this is one of the worst defenses I have ever seen over my following this team for more than 45 seasons. Starter Reid Detmers looked okay and gave me some hope but everything else here was slow, sloppy and slipping away from contention at a record pace.