Here are some observations from Wednesday night’s telecast of the Phillies World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays:
Good Sign for Phillies – The close-ups of pitcher Grant Balfour showed how nervous he was in the sixth inning.
Santa is a Phillies Fan – There was a fan dressed up as Santa, who like the Phillies, wears a red uniform.
Switch Hitter – Mitch Williams excelled in both radio on WIP and WPHT and television on CSN this season.
Fox29 Error – When Fox29 did not renew the contract of Don Tollefson a few months ago, there was no way it could’ve known that the Phillies would be in the World Series, but without hiring a real replacement for him, the station scrambled with newcomer Thomas Drayton whose been in town for three seconds, vowel challenged Jeff Skversky and Joe Staszak, and television rookies Hugh Douglas and Anthony Gargano. The only person on the broadcast with major experience was Bill Vargus. They could’ve used Tolley.
Experience Wins Out – 6ABC, led by veterans Jim Gardner and Gary Papa provided the best coverage, and CSN did well with Michael Barkann, Neil Hartman, and Leslie Gudel leading the way.
Outta Here! – CSN struck gold with video of Harry Kalas calling the final out. Kalas and broadcast partner Chris Wheeler managed to celebrate the big moment completely seperately, while together. Imagine how they are when the cameras are off.
Best Postgame Accessory – Not the ready-to-sell championship hats and shirts, but the leis from Shane Victorino’s family.
Good Job – Keith Russell of 6ABC stepped up to the plate and hit a home run with his post-game interviews.
Strike-Out – NBC10 should be benched for airing Lipstick Jungle instead of the postgame celebration then airing The Tonight Show at 11:35.
Bush League – ESPN 950 goes local with Michael Bradley from 1 – 3 p.m….Thursday and Friday only.
Second Career – Scott Palmer, who retired from his sportscasting career at 6ABC a few years ago, is having a blast working for the Phillies.