May 25, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) makes a play during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Watching The Reds On TV While Being Telecast By the Pirates Network


As I wrote in a recent article, the Reds aren’t on the radio in my neck of the woods on weekdays. Yesterday was no exception. However, looking at tweets I realized it was on TV. Not here it wasn’t. Sudden Link, the local cable carrier chose not to show it. They don’t have an actual FoxSports channel so they broadcast Reds games (sans HD) on their ‘community’ channel.

Fortunately for me ROOT network carries all of the Pittsburgh Pirates games. It is good from time to time to watch the Reds from someone else’s vantage point. I don’t know who they were, I think one was Bob Walk, and the other sounded like Steve Blass but I’m not sure.

Anyway, you hear things coming from a different place when the ‘homers’ aren’t broadcasting.

When Joey Votto made the big error that was initially scored as two errors, the announcers were right in agreement with the official scorer. Then after it was changed to a hit and an error, they were more than happy to see their man get credit for a hit. They still thought Votto should be charged twice anyway. During that particular debacle, whoever was doing the talking called Joey a second-baseman at one point.

It was kind of refreshing to not hear debate or commentary concerning whether a pitch was a two-seamer or a four-seamer. Keep in mind, both Walk and Blass were pitchers too.

The Bucs’ announcers proved me right. The first-baseman’s name is Gabby Sanchez, not SONCHEZ, and Mr. Clutch at the hot corner is named Pedro Alvarez, not OLVEREZ as Thom Brennaman chooses to constantly call them. Why does he do that? Am I the only one who notices that? I was thinking that maybe Thom was right until I heard the Pirate guys call them by their real names.

The Reds announcers are always remarking how good the Reds are on defense, top of the league and all that. Walk said the Reds had made more errors than the Bucs have this season.

I love the Reds and I love the Reds’ announcers, but it is therapeutic to hear the other team’s play-by-play guys, especially when you don’t have a choice.

The bottom line came out the same. Pirates 5, Reds 3.

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