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Mike Piazza, MLB Analyst Thread

Valadius
Oct 04 2005 04:47 PM

This thread will chronicle Mike Piazza's TV broadcasting career.

He's currently broadcasting the Sox-Sox game. WATCH IT!

Valadius
Oct 04 2005 04:58 PM

Quote:

"I missed my cookie." - when asked what the batter thought at missing a good pitch to hit.

Zvon
Oct 04 2005 05:25 PM

Valadius wrote:


"I missed my cookie."


lol.

He sounds good.
He's not just throwin up fluff.

martin
Oct 04 2005 05:48 PM

thanks for the heads-up. i always enjoyed leiter in the booth, maybe piazza will have something to offer.

edit: terrible typos

Edgy DC
Oct 04 2005 07:02 PM

I hope he doesn't get these guys cancelled also.

G-Fafif
Oct 04 2005 07:35 PM

In the bottom of the eighth, Mike sent a half-inning of bouquets our way, how Sunday meant so much to him, how the fans kept him on his toes, how places like New York and Boston (and even Chicago, he added since he was there) are such great places to play. He didn't sound quite as resigned to leaving as he had before but he wasn't all "we're gonna get a deal done."

He seemed refreshed.

ScarletKnight41
Oct 04 2005 07:52 PM

Valadius wrote:
Quote:

"I missed my cookie." - when asked what the batter thought at missing a good pitch to hit.


He really just misses me ;)

TheOldMole
Oct 04 2005 08:55 PM

You're our cookie, Mom.

Frayed Knot
Oct 04 2005 11:10 PM

He wasn't bad.
I'm of the opinion that three men in the booth is rarely a good idea and it's particularly tough when one of them is Chris Berman who rarely stops talking long enough for anything else to happen.

Sandwiched between Berman & Sutcliffe it's probably been a while since Piazza felt like the shrimpy guy in the room.

MFS62
Oct 05 2005 07:34 AM

He was pretty good.
Talking about the starter's wildness, he said something like "the catcher's setting up outside but the pitches are coming inside".
Sure enough, it happened on the next pitch.

I was amazed that he got time from the others to make his points. They worked pretty well as a team, nobody really stepped on each other's lines.

Later

MFS62
Oct 05 2005 08:06 PM

By comparison, I listened to today's Braves/ Astros game on radio.
John Franco was doing the color.
He basically sucked - he had to take his cues from the play-by-play guy about when to speak, and then showed a firm grasp of the obvious. And I'm sure his New York accent was grating to listeners in the hinterlands.

Later

KC
Oct 05 2005 08:11 PM

>>>He basically sucked<<<

At least he's consistent - ouch, who said that?

rpackrat
Oct 06 2005 02:25 PM

]And I'm sure his New York accent was grating to listeners in the hinterlands.


Um, MFS, Houston is the 4th largest city in the U.S. We're not "the hinterlands."

Edgy DC
Oct 06 2005 02:29 PM

Don't color commentators, particluarly athletes brought in as ringers in the post-season take their cues from the play-by-play guy as a rule?

MFS62
Oct 06 2005 03:19 PM

Edgy DC wrote:
Don't color commentators, particluarly athletes brought in as ringers in the post-season take their cues from the play-by-play guy as a rule?


Yes, and that's what made Mike's performance so impressive. He seemed to fit right into the flow of conversation. He didn't seem to need a cue or lead-in. It was like he'd been doing it for years.

Later

Yancy Street Gang
Oct 06 2005 03:26 PM

I remember thinking the same thing about Ed Lynch way back when. He was visiting Ralph, Tim, and Steve in the booth while he was on the DL, and he seemed very much at home there. I remember he was a GM for the Cubs for a while, but I don't recall if he ever did any professional broadcasting.

ScarletKnight41
Oct 06 2005 03:43 PM

Didn't Lynch broadcast Cyclones games for a while?

Spacemans Bong
Oct 07 2005 11:05 AM

Gary Cohen is doing SD-STL, and John Franco is doing HOU-ATL.

ABG
Oct 07 2005 11:39 AM

rpackrat wrote:
]And I'm sure his New York accent was grating to listeners in the hinterlands.


Um, MFS, Houston is the 4th largest city in the U.S. We're not "the hinterlands."

He's broadcast nationally, not just in Houston.

KC
Oct 07 2005 11:43 AM

Wow, I never would have guessed it ....

1 New York City, New York 8,104,079
2 Los Angeles, California 3,845,541
3 Chicago, Illinois 2,862,244
4 Houston, Texas 2,012,626
5 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1,470,151
6 Phoenix, Arizona 1,418,041
7 San Diego, California 1,263,756
8 San Antonio, Texas 1,236,249
9 Dallas, Texas 1,210,393
10 San Jose, California 904,522