Saturday, September 22, 2007

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Friday, September 21, 2007

From The Mailbag

A reader sent me a thoughtful discussion of the Glenn Geffner mess a couple of days ago. With that reader's permission, I am reprinting it here.

So, after reading your blog for many months now, I have summarized my
opinions the following way. There are two sets of concerns: Legitimate
Complaints and Overblown Complaints. I have summarized them here, and
as like before, I do not wish to be identified by name or email, if you
chose to publish any of this. Anyhow, my complaints are summarized as

Although his job title and lack of skills are serious issues, I don't
believe them to be the legitimate complaints. The Red Sox broke up a
team with good rapport and installed an unqualified announcer into the
broadcast booth. I have summarized the real issues, as know them, as
legitimate complaints here:

1. His voice is not fit for the job. Unfixable. You either have it or
you don't. He just doesn't sound right and there are plenty announcers
they could have chosen who DO sound right.

2. He has zero rapport with either Castiglione or O'Brien. At least
Castiglione and Trupiano had a great rapport. I think the Sox haven't a
clue how important rapport is. Do they even realize the damage they've

3. He's not good yet because he doesn't have enough experience. This
means he was not and is not ready for an MLB gig. The voice issue(see
#1), however, might preclude him from EVER being qualified.

4. He didn't earn this job. All indications are that Lucchino promised
him the job and pushed it through. Got to hand it to him for his
loyalty to his employees, huh? But let's see if Larry has the guts to
make the right decision in the off-season, hopefully letting him go with
more class than the Trupiano departure.

5. He's not as good as Trupiano. I hear there are people who didn't
like Trupiano, but you have to admit Trupiano was far better than this.

6. His pre-2007 broadcasting experience is suspect. They claimed that
he had experience at all levels, but I must be missing something.
Lesser standards in San Diego? Was this resume fabricated so that he
would appear to be worthy of the job?

7. He's not even as good as Jon Meterparel, and that's saying quite a
bit because Metarparel's game calling skills are atrocious.

I get frustrated when I hear the following issues at the top of the list
of complaints. These should be mentioned, but I think the legitimate
complaints, above, comprise the real issue. The following are the
overrated complaints, and should be subdued compared to the larger issues:

1. His small talk and inability to skillfully blend stats and facts into
the broadcast is no doubt bad. But we can't nit pick these things
without sounding petty. Besides, take one of the things he says that
sounds stupid, and imagine them coming out of Joe or Jerry's mouth last
year. They'd probably have a laugh(because they had rapport) and move
on. Instead, when he says his stupid things(albeit more frequently), we
judge him based on his skills and reputation, and he doesn't have enough
of either to get away with it. Don't get me wrong, he's bad, but the
other real problems merely amplify THIS lack of skill.

2. The fact that he still holds a job with the Red Sox front office is
getting WAY overblown. Sure, this might taint his opinions and
jeopardize the objectivity of the broadcast, which is in no doubt a
major issue. But this issue is correctable. If the Sox removed this
transgression today and thought that this would make us all happy, then
we'd be stuck with this guy who STILL has all the real flaws intact!

That's it. Thanks for listening. Oh, and I've love to hear a response
from the Sox on any of these issues.


I realize that I have overstated the significance of Geffner's front office role, but it's something that really gets under my skin. The fact that it is correctable doesn't make it right. In fact, the fact that it is so easily correctable and disprovable shows a degree of arrogance, in my view.

Thanks to the reader for the letter. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Merry Christmas (subtitled: "You're Welcome")

Well, ain't that a kick in the the shorts, Glennski?

Dave Scott of Scott's Shots reliably reports that

a source familiar with the specifics of Dave O'Brien's contract has confirmed that "Obie" will be in the Sox radio booth for at least 135 games next season. The source also verified that stalwart Joe Castiglione will be returning and that Geffner's role will be either greatly reduced or non-existent.

Tra-la, tra-la

Scott notes:

This, once again, is a sign that the front office actually does listen to its fan-base. Geffner was a gaff, but it was also reward for some dedicated service. If the Sox can launch Geffner into another market for further polishing, it would be a win-win for all involved. He's not without tools, he just needs to get more reps.

(If you say so)

Scott also acknowledges that this modest little blog spoke up early and often about l'affaire Geffner. Dave actually emailed me last week when the blog was down, so I appreciate the support.

In any case, it ain't over until Glenn Geffner squeaks his last, so please add to the pileonathon at the Sawx and Dogs petition. There are some hilarious comments, which lead me to believe that I have not been posting in vain all year.


Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Petition

As mentioned in a previous post, Sox and Dawgs has a petition going to dump Geffner.

It is really gaining steam.

There are some fascinating comments by people who are taking the time to vote, which I will try to reproduce here.

I am a professional actor and acting teacher at Northwestern University. I have worked as a performer and teacher and public speaker for 20 years in theaters, TV, film, commercials, and voice overs. I have some sense of a persons ability as a public speaker/broadcaster. Geffner is flat out atrocious. His sense of framing the drama of the game, of description, of timing, are bad. The quality of his speaking voice, from its resonance, and particularly to its enunciation are horrific -- purely amatuer. I was stunned when I first heard him, and thought he was a one day emergency fill in. I have stopped listening to games when he is in the booth. It is almost an absudity that he has the position -- he IS NOT A PRO. Period. The conflict of interest, what with his other position, adds fuel to the urgency of replacing him.

After working in minor league baseball, I can assure you that most, if not all Eastern League radio guys and the interns who serve as color commentators, were and are better than Glenn Geffner. It infuriates me that I am forced to listen to such a low quality product. It was bad enough that the team unceremoniously dumped Sean McDonough over Thanksgiving weekend. Stop branding everything as part of the nation and forcing us to take it. Absurd.

Geffner sounds like he is broadcasting a college baseball game when it's cold and wet and we are watching the game from the car in the parking lot.

Geffner is horrible. He lacks charisma, baseball knowledge, emaotion, and every characteristic associated with a good play by play announcer.

Geffner has completely ruined the experience of listening to Sox games on the radio. His style is so generic and boring, it sounds like he's reading PSA's instead of calling a game. Please get rid of him

Geffner provides too much robotic, encyclopedic analysis and not enough real, experienced baseball analysis and commentary. He throws far too many stats and facts at you and not enough description of the game. Also, the most annoying part of his delivery and dialogue is the fact that he rarely changes his tone or voice.

Man, I thought I was the only one. Glenn Geffner is horrible. It's an insult to me as a true Red Sox fan that I have to listen to him on a nightly basis when I'm in the car. He brings absolutely nothing to the table.

've been meaning to write this letter all summer. As a diehard Sox fan (my entire life) who lives in California, I rely almost entirely on the radio for Sox game coverage. Mr. Geffner is possibly the most annoying announcer I have ever heard. Every game he calls makes me moan with disappointment. I only turn the volume up for Joe C. Please , I beg of you, give us some relief. Joe Castiglione is fabulous- he's the voice of summer and a big reason I continue to follow the Red Sox.

The long, silent breaks kill me. I still look at my stereo at times, wondering if my children unplugged it. Summer Red Sox baseball on the radio used to be one of life's great joys.

I often refer to Geffner as "the intern" that the Sox hired. Glad to hear I'm not the only one.

Glen Geffner has to go. The radio experience has been turned upside down. And not for the better. Please look into a replacement for him.

Geffner is pathetic, get rid of him

I'm not even a Sox fan - I'm a Yankees fan, and this guy sounds BRUTAL



This thing was shut down for a week, and today the traffic is back to normal. I didn't expect that.

Even my friends from from Red Sox Administration checked in at 1:32 pm.

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Do The Right Thing

Sawhx and Dawgs has started a petition to release Glenn Geffner from the earthly bounds of the Red Sox broadcast booth.

I support that.

Read the text of their impassioned plea here

Vote early and often here


Even the 17 percenters at Boston Dirt Dogs are piling on Geffner


Bitter? Not Trup


He might be.
Read between the lines here.

Trupiano watches some Sox games on TV, but can’t bring himself to tune in a radio broadcast and has not been to Fenway Park this year. “I won’t set foot in it,” he said, “unless it’s in somebody else’s employ.”

Trupiano has done every major sport, and would work in any of the major sports, but broadcasting baseball remains his first choice. It would mean another summer of nonstop work, which would suit him fine.

Ok, he is fucking pissed.

Don't blame him.