In the spirit of Jackie Robinson Day last night, it’s nice to have an African American in the broadcast booth. But Gary Matthews is trying to fit in between Harry the K and Wheels. It’s like sewing with Martha Stewart.
Huh? Someone emailed in a comment when I wrote a while back that Chris Wheeler is the best analyst EVER in baseball; or at least in Phillies baseball. The person commenting suggested that I was using crack to make a comment like that.
Crack? I don’t think so. Maybe a few pints of Coors Lite,
but not crack. Anyone who knows baseball appreciates the effectiveness of Chris
Wheeler. He is well prepared, not afraid to criticize the home team, has a feel
for when to talk and when to shut up, and has a depth of baseball knowledge
that most radio personalities don’t have. Wheels is a Martha Stewart in baseball.
Personally, I think Wheels intimidates listeners who don’t know the game, Mr. Crack included. You know,the fantasy-ESPN-baseball-dudes who slap-hands-and yell-'yea, yea'-on a home run shot-then-get-another-brew-generation.
"Hey bro, who you got at shortstop on your fantasy team, dude?"
Bill Conlin use to call them the brain dead generation.
For Gary Matthews to sit next to Chris Wheeler, it's like sewing with Martha. It’s a tough role to fill, but Sarge is hanging in there.
Sarge, however, needs to be reminded that he doesn’t always have to say something, especially right after Wheels speaks. Last evening, my wife and I found ourselves trying to figure out the purpose or point on several of Mathews’ comments during the game.
I’m not a broadcasting producer, but if I was, I’d tell Gary to pick his spots and not try to speak for the sake of speaking. Allow Wheels’ commentary to hang out there without having to immediate respond over top of it. It’s like trying to explain a hem stich immediately after Martha explains in detail what an embroidering pattern is.
Sarge, you need to be quiet. Pick a time when you know what you are talking about.
I want Sarge to make it. But I don’t enjoy him trying to top Wheels when his 'in depth'—at least in articulation—comes off elementary. Or worse.
When you are sewing next to Martha, you have to know which buttons go where.