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Viva Medias B's
09-02-2005, 11:21 PM
One published report indicates that Ed Farmer will become the primary play-by-play voice of the White Sox next season with John Rooney being replaced by an analyst. Whether this is the direction the Sox go in or not, who would you like to see replace John Rooney now that he is going away?

HotelWhiteSox
09-02-2005, 11:31 PM
One published report indicates that Ed Farmer will become the primary play-by-play voice of the White Sox next season with John Rooney being replaced by an analyst. Whether this is the direction the Sox go in or not, who would you like to see replace John Rooney now that he is going away?

I had replied in your other thread but I guess it got moved.. I don't know much about local guys or others around the league and their situations, but the only other guy I like nationally who I listen to regularly is Dan Schulman. This is the post I replied with:

Anyways, I also don't like the Farmer as PBP route. I'm not even a huge fan of Farmer, but Rooney fixed it and made it work, ended up sounding like a great chemistry to me, not to mention the best I've heard in radio of painting a picture of exactly what was going on. Trailing off again...

I would like them to go for a PBP man as a replacement. I don't really like any national guys except for one, I love Dan Schulman, who currently does PBP for ESPN Radio on Sunday Night Baseball and various other things. I don't know much about other local guys or people on other teams. People in Anaheim hate their TV guys and I heard they might be going but I don't really like them either. This is most likely going to suck as the radio was a great replacement for not having to hear Hawk, even if there was a delay, I liked John that much.

I've heard others suggest Stone. I like him, but isn't he more of an analyst? That would make Farmer move to PBP and I don't like that, them two would sound weird together to me. I've also heard Wills suggested, and I loved him as a pre/post guy, but haven't heard him done radio except when he filled in for a Sox broadcast when I think Rooney was doing college basketball. It was okay, leaves for me to be desired after being used to Rooney. Also, I know I shouldn't use this to measure it or have credence and the team there blows, but didn't the USA Today thing pick the Tampa Bay radio team last in the big leagues?

SOX ADDICT '73
09-02-2005, 11:33 PM
I love John Rooney, and am so sad that he is leaving, but why oh why couldn't this have happened last year? Anybody know how long of a deal Dave Wills signed with Tampa Bay?

If Willsy is the Sox fan he claims to be, he's got a escape clause built into his contract in the event of a job opening in the South Side TV/Radio booths.

santo=dorf
09-02-2005, 11:34 PM
Whomever votes for :ass should have their IP tracked down by Daver and taken out with an elephant gun.

C-Dawg
09-02-2005, 11:36 PM
Steve Dahl. He's actually talked to Farmer on the air a couple times how maybe someday, when Rooney retires or leaves for some reason, that it could be Dahl and Farmer doing the Sox.

BigEdWalsh
09-02-2005, 11:37 PM
I voted for Wills. Pat Foley might be my second choice if I had to make one. I love Meltie on the Post Game show but not for play by play. I just can't see it. I get an occasional kick out of Farmer, sometimes he really cracks me up, but he is DULL doing play by play.

SOX ADDICT '73
09-02-2005, 11:41 PM
I noticed Bump34 was viewing this thread earlier...I wonder if Dave voted for himself!:yoohoo: Hey Willsy! Don't know if you can shed any light on this subject, but I can see I'm not alone in wanting to bring you back home.

HotelWhiteSox
09-02-2005, 11:43 PM
Whomever votes for :ass should have their IP tracked down by Daver and taken out with an elephant gun.

:ass

Runners on 2nd and 3rd, nobody out, MY GUY! Chris Widger, up. At this point I'd like to welcome in Jesse Rogers and my beautiful wife Bebe who's showcasing a new dog for AdoptAPet. *cue Likrish barking soundbite*...Tune in in the 7th for Fritzy's Night on the Town where Knuckles and Fritz argue the best casino for good lookin waitresses!


Lucky for us I don't think there's a chance that happens, he's already rich from robbing the Score and I don't think he'd want to wait until the end of the day to start one of his 'night on the towns' where he ends up arrested with Jesse Rogers for picking up a transvestite hooker who was really an undercover cop.

shoota
09-03-2005, 01:01 AM
Steve Stone and Ed Farmer are similar in their knowledge of the game and ability to decode and communicate to their audience bits of knowledge of the game that might not be known to most listeners. For that, I respect them, but wouldn't want both in the same booth.

Dave Wills is a perfect pre/post-game host. I don't think he's good enough for play-by-play, and he definately isn't qualified for the analyst role.

Robin Ventura would be my frontrunner at the moment because of how well he did filling in for Hawk earlier this season.

While I'm guessing it's a doubtful scenario, I would like to see DJ partner with Farmio on the radio. They are both good at what they do and DJ could only flourish with a partner who respects him and his thoughts.

Bill Melton would also be a good choice. His baseball honesty is appreciated.

paciorek1983
09-03-2005, 01:04 AM
Dave Wills, bring him back. Schulman sucks. I have a feeling the Sox want to torture me and would hire Shulman--I'd never listen to a Sox radio broadcast until he gone.

DaleJRFan
09-03-2005, 01:05 AM
man, I was sooo damn bummed when I heard this. No disrespect to Farmer, but to me, I have no reason to listen to a Sox broadcast anymore. My two favorites are gone, first Dave Wills and now John Rooney....

cubhater77
09-03-2005, 01:10 AM
how about judd sirott? could you immagine him doing a game during a hunter wendleturd screwjob? "That's a friggin joke! And that's why the sox are only beating the cubs 12-0, because this guy's gotta be the show!":nocubs

Nellie_Fox
09-03-2005, 01:11 AM
PLEASE don't bring me the nasal whinings of Steve Stone. I seriously doubt he'd accept second banana to Farmer, anyway.

paciorek1983
09-03-2005, 01:30 AM
Maybe DJ will join Farmio. I don't know if anyone has noticed, but on whitesox.com. it says that DJ signed a 4-year extension back in Aug of 2001. That would mean his contract shold be up after this year. Haven't heard that he has renewed for tv, I wonder if they would ask him to do radio?

Unregistered
09-03-2005, 01:34 AM
Steve Dahl. He's actually talked to Farmer on the air a couple times how maybe someday, when Rooney retires or leaves for some reason, that it could be Dahl and Farmer doing the Sox.
Well considering that New Orleans bit he did, he might be in a little bit of trouble and may be looking for a new job... so it's certainly possible, I guess.

HotelWhiteSox
09-03-2005, 01:40 AM
Well considering that New Orleans bit he did, he might be in a little bit of trouble and may be looking for a new job... so it's certainly possible, I guess.

Was it as disgusting as the 'interview' North did with the missing girl in Aruba with gargling sounds or his Teri Schiavo interview (still has a job :?: )?

Sorry, make it a rhetorical question, don't mean to hijack the thread/take it towards a bad path...

Unregistered
09-03-2005, 01:44 AM
Was it as disgusting as the 'interview' North did with the missing girl in Aruba with gargling sounds or his Teri Schiavo interview (still has a job :?: )?

Sorry, make it a rhetorical question, don't mean to hijack the thread/take it towards a bad path...
http://www.suntimes.com/output/feder/cst-fin-feder01.html

On his WCKG-FM (105.9) afternoon show Tuesday, he mused about creating a drink inspired by reports of "floating corpses" in New Orleans. And on his Web log Wednesday, he elaborated.

"To that end, I have sent away for five pounds of Chocolate Babies to act as 'floaters' in the new drink I'll be inventing this week: The Floating Corpse. ... I'm thinking Creme de Cacao, Kahlua, some rum, maybe a little cream and a floating Chocolate Baby.

I'm in NYC, so I don't know how the station is handling it - or if it's even an issue. To me, it's just typical "shock jock" type stuff (which you can't take too seriously), but who knows - with the FCC and the tragedy a little "too new" to be making jokes about, word is that heads could roll.

SouthSide_HitMen
09-03-2005, 01:54 AM
On his WCKG-FM (105.9) afternoon show Tuesday, he mused about creating a drink inspired by reports of "floating corpses" in New Orleans. And on his Web log Wednesday, he elaborated.

"To that end, I have sent away for five pounds of Chocolate Babies to act as 'floaters' in the new drink I'll be inventing this week: The Floating Corpse. ... I'm thinking Creme de Cacao, Kahlua, some rum, maybe a little cream and a floating Chocolate Baby.

Class. The Cl is silent.

Unregistered
09-03-2005, 01:59 AM
Here's the follow up to the article (I guess?)

Steve Dahl, the WCKG-FM (105.9) afternoon host whose recipe for a "floating corpses" cocktail appeared in Thursday's column, submitted the following postscript:

"Any chance you could remind people that I was talking about the corpses from the above-ground graveyards in New Orleans, and not the hurricane victims? It was an on-air bit that carried over to my Web site, and the context seems to have been lost in translation.

"I intend to commemorate the plight of the victims with 'Looter Lasagna.' "

http://www.suntimes.com/output/feder/cst-fin-feder021.html

Whatever... :dunno:

Nellie_Fox
09-03-2005, 02:16 AM
Steve Dahl, the WCKG-FM (105.9) afternoon host whose recipe for a "floating corpses" cocktail appeared in Thursday's column, submitted the following postscript:

"Any chance you could remind people that I was talking about the corpses from the above-ground graveyards in New Orleans, and not the hurricane victims? It was an on-air bit that carried over to my Web site, and the context seems to have been lost in translation."Oh, yeah, that makes it ever so much better.

mdep524
09-03-2005, 02:36 AM
Please, dear God, no Steve Dahl. Inappropriate. And no Ron Gleason, his voice is forever associated with Score promo ads, not PBP. Mike Norht isn't even worth commenting on, as he would never be considered.

I think Dave Wills could do a great job, but I also think a Farmer-DJ pairing would be pretty good as well. Also, getting Stone in on some level would take away a little of the sting of losing the best in the biz.

EDIT: I would also be very intrigued to hear what Pat Foley could do. He is a heck of an announcer.

patbooyah
09-03-2005, 03:02 AM
Well considering that New Orleans bit he did, he might be in a little bit of trouble and may be looking for a new job...

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

okay. i need a breath.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

keep dreaming. and you and gene can take your personal attacks to the johnny b board.

Fuller_Schettman
09-03-2005, 03:05 AM
It would be worth having Foley just to hear his Joe Crede HR call:

"SHOOTA! HE SNORES!"

mealfred13
09-03-2005, 04:22 AM
I might get laughed at for this one, but what about Carmen Defalco? I think he did a superb job during spring trainging in his few stints, and I don't see why that wouldn't carry over on the radio as well.

Muopsies
09-03-2005, 05:50 AM
I'm sorry but this is absolute crap. John Rooney is the voice of the Sox. For him to be gone is an absolute travesty. Rooney truly was the class of the act. I am saddened by this news. What the hell? I don't know what to say except that I am saddned and I don't know what Ed will do without a class act to carry him.

TornLabrum
09-03-2005, 06:52 AM
http://www.suntimes.com/output/feder/cst-fin-feder01.html



I'm in NYC, so I don't know how the station is handling it - or if it's even an issue. To me, it's just typical "shock jock" type stuff (which you can't take too seriously), but who knows - with the FCC and the tragedy a little "too new" to be making jokes about, word is that heads could roll.

I heard that bit. He was talking about bodies from the above-ground cemeteries, not bodies of hurricane victims. We all know how good the Sun-Times is in getting its facts straight. (See Mariotti, Jay.)

Unregistered
09-03-2005, 10:27 AM
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

okay. i need a breath.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

keep dreaming. and you and gene can take your personal attacks to the johnny b board.
Personal attacks? Don't shoot the messenger, man. With all due respect, Pat, I wouldn't know your dad (or "Johnny B") if they showed up at my front door with name tags on.

If you read further to what I think of it, I said "To me, it's just typical "shock jock" type stuff (which you can't take too seriously)." I heard about this on a national radio show - I figured if I'm hearing it out here in New York, that it's serious enough. Anyone who's tuned in to enough radio or TV knows that people have been fired for much less.

No offense (or personal attacks) intended.

HITMEN OF 77
09-03-2005, 10:41 AM
You either got to bring back Wills or promote Melton. I want someone who's been with the team for awhile. What about Carlos May?

dickallen15
09-03-2005, 10:44 AM
You either got to bring back Wills or promote Melton. I want someone who's been with the team for awhile. What about Carlos May?

Carlos May wouldn't be a good idea.

patbooyah
09-03-2005, 10:47 AM
Personal attacks? Don't shoot the messenger, man. With all due respect, Pat, I wouldn't know your dad (or "Johnny B") if they showed up at my front door with name tags on.

If you read further to what I think of it, I said "To me, it's just typical "shock jock" type stuff (which you can't take too seriously)." I heard about this on a national radio show - I figured if I'm hearing it out here in New York, that it's serious enough. Anyone who's tuned in to enough radio or TV knows that people have been fired for much less.

No offense (or personal attacks) intended.

yes. you are quite right. i'm sorry to lash out at you. i might be a little sensitive at these boards after a certain thread two weeks ago(see: bench), but the whole "he might be looking for a job" thing seemed like some sort of judgment.

as torn said, my dad was talking about the graves built above ground in new orleans. the fact that flooding would cause those graves to empty and have corpses float is a part of new orleans folklore. no matter what the tragedy my dad has always felt that humor makes the best remedy. he was one of the only people to broadcast on 9/11 for that reason. and that extends to our personal life, too.

basically, i would just say that the whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. feder was mad at my dad for not "scooping" him on his contract talks, and this is the type of thing he does for payback.

soxfan43
09-03-2005, 10:58 AM
Seems like most of you guys want willsy back. I voted for him at first but now that I'm thinking about it, they should go for the best broadcast voice in chicago, Pat Foley. Don't know if he'd be interested but he'd be perfect. I also like the idea of carmen defalco as a backup plan, he did a great a job in ST, he could develop into a solid radio voice for the sox

likeawarlord
09-03-2005, 11:08 AM
Maybe DJ will join Farmio. I don't know if anyone has noticed, but on whitesox.com. it says that DJ signed a 4-year extension back in Aug of 2001. That would mean his contract shold be up after this year. Haven't heard that he has renewed for tv, I wonder if they would ask him to do radio?

oh jesus, spare me more dj.

sageofthesox
09-03-2005, 11:11 AM
If it ends up being the Cubbish Steve Stone, I'll puke.

tebman
09-03-2005, 11:36 AM
I hadn't seen this thread when I posted a similar question on the "John Rooney -- He Gone" thread, but one of my options is Jack McDowell. He was great in his guest appearance while Hawk was out. His music business commitments might make him unavailable though.

buehrle4cy05
09-03-2005, 11:51 AM
Willsy, please come back.

jabrch
09-03-2005, 12:25 PM
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

okay. i need a breath.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

keep dreaming. and you and gene can take your personal attacks to the johnny b board.

I was hoping you'd chime in on this.

Would this be a "dream job" type thing for Dahl?

SOXSINCE'70
09-03-2005, 12:30 PM
:wills

"I'm the man for the job!!"

HotelWhiteSox
09-03-2005, 12:36 PM
I might get laughed at for this one, but what about Carmen Defalco? I think he did a superb job during spring trainging in his few stints, and I don't see why that wouldn't carry over on the radio as well.

Not laughing since I briefly thought about it, but then remembered he works for ESPN Radio and that season will be broadcasted on the Score, however, MLB PBP job vs sitting next to Silvy? I know what I'd take

patbooyah
09-03-2005, 12:45 PM
I was hoping you'd chime in on this.

Would this be a "dream job" type thing for Dahl?

i dont know if it would be a dream job. i think he already has his dream job, but i know it is something he wouldn't mind doing. it won't happen, though.

on the other hand- the sox will be on the score now, and as an infinity station, they are just down the hall from ckg. i'd imagine more involvement. sorry, brian. :smile:

SouthSide_HitMen
09-03-2005, 12:50 PM
:wills

"I'm the man for the job!!"

All others are drillrods.

The poll is like one of those Superfan scores

Wills 64
Fill in the blank - a couple votes

Frankfan4life
09-03-2005, 02:33 PM
I chose Melty because I like his voice and his style. He tells it like it is and is not overly dramatic. He's a good analyst and I like the fact that he is a former Sox player. Does anyone know if he wants the job? He may not want this kind of disruption in his life. This job calls for a lot of travel. Also, I think a younger person would be better-suited for that life-style and he/she would be around longer, which would give the broadcast team some stability. In that respect, my next choices would be Dave Wills, if and when he becomes availabe, Carmen DeFalco, Black Jack McDowell and Donn Pall. Just for fun and pure entertainment value, I'll throw in Jimmy Piersall. :redneck

SouthSide_HitMen
09-03-2005, 03:24 PM
http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/TV/9805/28/hartman.snl/farley.jpg

Dave Wills 79
Mike Nort 2

drillrod
09-03-2005, 04:34 PM
The only logical choice is currently under contract in Tampa Bay... Dave Wills.. Any real Sox fan knows that Dave is not only on par with Rooney (who is very talented as a play-by-play announcer...but...what a ......) but he is one of "us", in that he knows what Sox fans go through as far as being an after thought in this city... and he, unlike Farmer, Harrelson, DJ or Rooney... has and will promote the Sox year round by going to the south side bars.. the downtown venues and even some north side establishments in the summer, fall, winter and spring... and talk baseball with the average guy.. when did you have an extended conversation with "two words" Harrelson... in the winter he and the other so-called Sox announcers are nowhere to be found. As far as calling a game.. Dave is heads and shoulders above the rest of these hacks....he uses words with syllabuls and even more than two words to describe a play.. and he will generate excitement over the air that has been missing since Harry took his butt to the Urinal on the north side... Outs in his contract? Highly unlikely, first time job applicants cannot dictate that much control... but, will the Rays release him if the Sox take some innitative and try to buy his contract out...YES... but, once again it is up to the Sox.. Dave cannot and will not make the first move.. they must step up and let it be known that the job is his for the taking... Most logical move.... bring in Melty...Belt'n Bill Melton... for two years and he can hold the post until Dave is available for a homecoming that will eclipse Harry's stay and popularity here in chicago... Replace John Rooney... I say not a replacement... Dave Wills is an IMPROVEMENT!!!! He will be the best Sox announcer EVER...

Lip Man 1
09-03-2005, 05:29 PM
Dave has a two year deal with Tampa Bay. It's basically out of his hands. If he wishes he can ask the Rays if they'd allow him to interview for the Sox job but they don't have to grant him that. After all he signed a deal and I'm sure Dave would be the first guy to say he's going to honor it.

Plus it may not look good for him if he starts asking to leave Tampa after only one year.

I'd like to see him back but circumstances make the possibility remote.

Lip

I want Mags back
09-03-2005, 06:07 PM
I just want to make sure that every one knows that according to the Siun-Times, Farmio has been given the Play by Play job, and they r now looking for a new color man. Therfore Dave Wills is not an option at all, he only does play by play

likeawarlord
09-03-2005, 08:04 PM
Replace John Rooney... I say not a replacement... Dave Wills is an IMPROVEMENT!!!! He will be the best Sox announcer EVER...

catch your breath. i love dave wills but let him broadcast a full season in any play by play capacity before you crown him best ever.

TornLabrum
09-03-2005, 09:13 PM
I just want to make sure that every one knows that according to the Siun-Times, Farmio has been given the Play by Play job, and they r now looking for a new color man. Therfore Dave Wills is not an option at all, he only does play by play

I guess I start listening to the visiting team's PBP. Farmio makes Curt Gowdy look like he was positively scintillating!

rdivaldi
09-03-2005, 11:29 PM
I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I would love to see/hear Black Jack up in the booth next year.

Nellie_Fox
09-04-2005, 01:15 AM
The only logical choice is currently under contract in Tampa Bay... Dave Wills.. Any real Sox fan knows that Dave is not only on par with Rooney (who is very talented as a play-by-play announcer...but...what a ......) but he is one of "us", in that he knows what Sox fans go through as far as being an after thought in this city... and he, unlike Farmer, Harrelson, DJ or Rooney... has and will promote the Sox year round by going to the south side bars.. the downtown venues and even some north side establishments in the summer, fall, winter and spring... and talk baseball with the average guy.. when did you have an extended conversation with "two words" Harrelson... in the winter he and the other so-called Sox announcers are nowhere to be found. As far as calling a game.. Dave is heads and shoulders above the rest of these hacks....he uses words with syllabuls and even more than two words to describe a play.. and he will generate excitement over the air that has been missing since Harry took his butt to the Urinal on the north side... Outs in his contract? Highly unlikely, first time job applicants cannot dictate that much control... but, will the Rays release him if the Sox take some innitative and try to buy his contract out...YES... but, once again it is up to the Sox.. Dave cannot and will not make the first move.. they must step up and let it be known that the job is his for the taking... Most logical move.... bring in Melty...Belt'n Bill Melton... for two years and he can hold the post until Dave is available for a homecoming that will eclipse Harry's stay and popularity here in chicago... Replace John Rooney... I say not a replacement... Dave Wills is an IMPROVEMENT!!!! He will be the best Sox announcer EVER...Sentences and paragraphs are much easier to read. That's why they were invented.

Steelrod
09-04-2005, 07:42 AM
I don't know if it means anything, but Rooney joined the White Sox in 1988, leaving the Minnesota Twins immediately after they won the World Series. Maybe this is a strategy.

Can lightning strike twice? I sure hope so.

drillrod
09-04-2005, 12:28 PM
Hey Nellie, I did not know that we are being graded on grammar. Perhaps, I should follow your lead and not use punctuation....or maybe not. These are blogs and not manuscripts to be submitted for formal publication. The point is that the best man for the radio job is Dave Wills. Try to focus on the subject matter and get your head out of the 50s and 60s...the year is 2005.

Nyls Nyman
09-04-2005, 02:13 PM
Actually, these are not blogs...

I have to believe that Steve Stone will be the color man next year. He's already working for WSCR, he's a former pitcher for the White Sox, and he's usually pretty coherent (although next to latter day Harry and Chimp, that's difficult to always figure out).

SouthSide_HitMen
09-04-2005, 02:34 PM
Actually, these are not blogs...

I have to believe that Steve Stone will be the color man next year. He's already working for WSCR, he's a former pitcher for the White Sox, and he's usually pretty coherent (although next to latter day Harry and Chimp, that's difficult to always figure out).

While I do think the Score wants to name a replacement, I don't think it is Stone for this reason - I can't see him taking a demotion from TV to radio - unless he is killing time waiting for a GM spot to open up.

Time will tell.

johnny bench
09-04-2005, 03:17 PM
I guess I start listening to the visiting team's PBP. Farmio makes Curt Gowdy look like he was positively scintillating!

My thoughts as well. MLB radio here I come.

SouthBendSox
09-05-2005, 11:40 PM
bring back John!!!

SouthBendSox
09-05-2005, 11:40 PM
My thoughts as well. MLB radio here I come.

farmio rules

blame this on the evil Score

samram
09-06-2005, 12:00 AM
Actually, these are not blogs...

I have to believe that Steve Stone will be the color man next year. He's already working for WSCR, he's a former pitcher for the White Sox, and he's usually pretty coherent (although next to latter day Harry and Chimp, that's difficult to always figure out).

I voted Stone and all circumstances point to that being the case. I would like to hear Foley doing a White Sox game, but I'm pretty sure he's a big Cubs fan and I was under the impression he wanted the Cubs job last year.

Oh, no Dan Schulman, please. I don't like these announcers that add unnecessary syllables to words.

The Dude
09-06-2005, 12:11 AM
Hey Nellie, I did not know that we are being graded on grammar. Perhaps, I should follow your lead and not use punctuation....or maybe not. These are blogs and not manuscripts to be submitted for formal publication. The point is that the best man for the radio job is Dave Wills. Try to focus on the subject matter and get your head out of the 50s and 60s...the year is 2005.

Nellie is right and you are wrong. As someone else said, these are not blogs and fellow posters dont care to try and decipher your point without paragraphs and absence of capital letters.

I suggest you stop being such a "drillrod" and use some of those grade school grammar skills when typing on a message board.

paciorek1983
09-06-2005, 12:16 AM
Oh, no Dan Schulman, please. I don't like these announcers that add unnecessary syllables to words.

OMG! Someone on this board actually understands what I have been talking about with this guy!!!!!!!! Schulman sucks!!:bandance:

DaveIsHere
09-07-2005, 04:09 PM
I though there was a thread specifically on a replacement for Rooney, but was unable to find it when i searched.



Anyway, My question is....what would it take to get Dave out of his contract in TB and in our booth next year??

Maybe he left a year to early as I would have thought he would have been a shoe-in for this job.

enurb
09-08-2005, 11:13 AM
Ron Kittle.

I haven't read his book yet, but I heard him interviewed following the Barry Bonds dust up and he seemed articulate and interesting. It would be neat to have a former pitcher and hitter in the booth.

I may change this vote after reading his book, but for now I'd at least vote to have him considered for the job.

Big Farmer fan here -- won't miss Rooney too much as he tends to get too excited by what end up being long fly outs.

wdelaney72
09-08-2005, 11:46 AM
If WSCR doesn't want to pay Rooney, they're sure as hell not going to pay Steve Stone.

Stone may currently be under contract by WSCR, but I'm sure that contract outlines his job responsibilities. Doing color analysis would involve more air-time which would translate to more $$$, which also would likely conflict to the National games he does with ESPN television.

I love Stone as a color analyst but it flat out is NOT going to happen.

As also mentioned, Farmer has been given the role of play-by-play broadcaster (why I'll never know). The person they hire will likely be a former player. I don't see Melton wanting to give that kind of committment. I thnk Jack McDowell is a good possibility, as is Ron Kittle (unless he's still managing minor league baseball). However, as good as McDowell was on TV, and given WSCR's decision on hiring Farmer as PBP, I'm sure they'll screw this up and hire some no-name for color analysis.

I hold nothing against Ed Farmer. I think he's been a serviceable color analyst. I keep imagining that we'll be hearing his monotone voice as PBP next year and it just infuriates me. It's bad enough that they're going on the cheap on not bringing Rooney back, but to give Farmer PBP responsibility is an absolute joke. WSCR still has NO clue.

tebman
09-08-2005, 11:52 AM
WSCR still has NO clue.
That just about wraps it up.

alohafri
09-08-2005, 12:19 PM
Steve Dahl. He's actually talked to Farmer on the air a couple times how maybe someday, when Rooney retires or leaves for some reason, that it could be Dahl and Farmer doing the Sox.

I'd vote for this.

alohafri
09-08-2005, 12:28 PM
Ah, Pat, you you think we could do double duty and broadcast the Sox games too?


Ron

paciorek1983
09-08-2005, 12:41 PM
Ron Kittle.

I haven't read his book yet, but I heard him interviewed following the Barry Bonds dust up and he seemed articulate and interesting. It would be neat to have a former pitcher and hitter in the booth.

I may change this vote after reading his book, but for now I'd at least vote to have him considered for the job.

Big Farmer fan here -- won't miss Rooney too much as he tends to get too excited by what end up being long fly outs.

I want Kittle back in some capacity with the Sox. I've thought about him as the color analyst as well. Also, I still haven't seen anything about DJ's contract being renewed, which was a 4-year deal he signed in 2001. Considering he doesn't seem to be that popular among sox fans, maybe we could see Kittle in the tv booth with Hawk. I think that would be a great combination.

SouthSide_HitMen
09-08-2005, 02:12 PM
http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/chris-farley/farl1.jpg

Score update

Dave Wills 158

Mike North 6

6 Votes for Mike North - I think I'm having a heart attack.

chitownhawkfan
09-08-2005, 02:50 PM
I know this isnt very likely or even possible, but what about Gary Thorne. Didn't he announce for the Sox in the past? Keep Farmio as color and let Gary Thorne do the PBP. Either way I put this squarely on the shoulders of WSCR what a crock.

tebman
09-08-2005, 02:56 PM
I know this isnt very likely or even possible, but what about Gary Thorne. Didn't he announce for the Sox in the past? Keep Farmio as color and let Gary Thorne do the PBP. Either way I put this squarely on the shoulders of WSCR what a crock.
I hope not. Gary Thorne is a pro, but to me his delivery always sounds like the cop who pulled you over and is about to write a ticket.

Here's hoping either McDowell or Kittle is available. They're knowledgeable, funny, and not afraid to call it as they see it.

wdelaney72
09-08-2005, 03:41 PM
Keep Farmio as color and let Gary Thorne do the PBP.

It's time to give up on keeping Farmio as a color analyst. WSCR has already announced Farmio as PBP. If they were open to hiring a different PBP man, they would have never have immediately announced Farmio as PBP.

Here's a question, do PBP guys get more $$ than color analysts? My guess is they do. If that is true, the case is closed. Farmio signed a PBP contract... that's what he'll be doing in the booth.