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This Game’s About to Go Into the $@&#er: Thom Brennaman vs. A Hot Mic

(Ed. Bumped to top. Titanic Struggle Recap is below.)

Thanks to an early-ending Census ad and reader VanWilder, we learn that FSN announcer Thom Brennaman thinks exactly the same thing we do about Mike Lincoln. But Thom’s probably going to get into more trouble than we do.

UPDATE: Here’s the audio version:

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32 thoughts on “This Game’s About to Go Into the $@&#er: Thom Brennaman vs. A Hot Mic

  1. Now if we could only get video of the first time Mike Lincoln and Tom Brennaman cross each other’s paths after this.

  2. Kind of like when I say, “Ugh, Thom Brennaman is calling it, this game is about to go into the sh**er.”

    • Kind of like when I say, “Ugh, Thom Brennaman is calling it, this game is about to go into the sh**er.”

      Agreed…Not a big fan of tHom – Opening day 2010, a ball richochets off the pitchers glove and Phillips has to abruptly change direction, ends up on his butt in the process, but still makes the bare-handed play and throws the runner out at first. tHom goes into a little mini-tirade about how dangerous the play was, and that Phillips should have used his glove hand,blah, blah, blah.🙄 He say’s stuff like that fairly often…Who’s he think he is, Marty Brennaman? I don’t mind listening to Marty (too much) when he gets down on a player – He’s been in the Red’s booth for 36 yrs., but tHom’s starting his 4th yr. – He hasn’t put in enough time to get disgusted like Marty does….BTW – tHom’s contract is up at the end of this season.

  3. Thom was right, of course. It took Dusty using him for a second inning – again – but Lincoln blew the lead.

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  5. Thom is just like Marty…Also if anyone has the game on Tivo and could still frame a picture of Bruce flipping of the dug-out after hitting the double in the 2nd inning that would be awesome.

  6. I must be in the minority, but I like Thom. I enjoy Chris Welch the most, but I think Chris and Thom do well together.

    • I must be in the minority, but I like Thom. I enjoy Chris Welch the most, but I think Chris and Thom do well together.

      They’re the pairing that I enjoy the most also.

  7. I’m worried that the Reds are grooming Thom to take Marty’s job, and that Marty use his pull to grease the skids for that.

    My biggest problem with Thom is that every single sentence apparently requires a pronounced inflection point. Every utterance is desperately important. I can’t stand listening to that on and on, it tires me out. If every point is important then none are important.

    I also blame him for many of the Brantley sidetracks. Thom treats Brantley like he is some exotic creature from the South. Most of the times Brantley ends up talking about food he is prompted by Thom or Marty. Left to his own, Brantley would be all baseball, all the time.

    Thom also reinforces the worst tendencies of his father when they are in the booth together. On and on about personal crap that no one outside their family could care about. Back and forth “He’s your friend.” “No he’s not my friend, he’s your friend.” Etc. When the two of them work together half innings can go by with scant mention of the game.

    Like his father, Thom is quick to criticize the Reds players. I could stand that more if he were a color commentator. We’ve gotten so used to that from our play-by-play announcer over the years from Marty we’ve forgotten what it can be like to have a genuine, neutral account of the game.

    Just listen to Vin Scully for a couple of innings (and he works by himself, doing play-by-play and color) and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

  8. @Steve: I don’t think it’s fair to compare any announcer to Vin Scully. That’s like saying that a guy sucks at basketball, just watch him play and then watch Michael Jordan, no comparison.

    • @Steve: I don’t think it’s fair to compare any announcer to Vin Scully. That’s like saying that a guy sucks at basketball, just watch him play and then watch Michael Jordan, no comparison.

      Not sure I agree with respect to Marty. Marty is a Hall of Fame announcer himself, with the Reds for 36 years. Scully is certainly one of a kind, but I think it’s fair to compare Marty to him.

      All I was doing with Scully was pointing out the style of announcer that I favor for play-by-play. Informative, neutral, casual, baseball-first — those are his attributes.

  9. @Steve: Yeah, I was just accentuating how good i think Vin Scully is and on a national scene there is nobody better. But for my local team on my local broadcast, I like the biased banter. I want to know that my announcer has a rooting interest in my team as well. It makes you feel like we’re in it together. That’s why I loved Nuxy so much. You absolutely knew that he lived and died by the team. Let’s face it, he wasn’t the most eloquant (sp?) of orators, but you knew where his heart was and that was enough. Plus, he knew baseball, which the Brennamans do too and you get good technical info from Brantly and Welch.

    • @Steve: Yeah, I was just accentuating how good i think Vin Scully is and on a national scene there is nobody better. But for my local team on my local broadcast, I like the biased banter. I want to know that my announcer has a rooting interest in my team as well. It makes you feel like we’re in it together. That’s why I loved Nuxy so much. You absolutely knew that he lived and died by the team. Let’s face it, he wasn’t the most eloquant (sp?) of orators, but you knew where his heart was and that was enough. Plus, he knew baseball, which the Brennamans do too and you get good technical info from Brantly and Welch.

      I agree about Joe. Is there anyone that, while tuning to a game and not hearing anything for what seemed like 30-40 seconds, messed with the radio…then you’d hear Joe say, “Low and away, ball two.”

      • I agree about Joe. Is there anyone that, while tuning to a game and not hearing anything for what seemed like 30-40 seconds, messed with the radio…then you’d hear Joe say, “Low and away, ball two.”

        Yeah, I said in a thread last week that’s how I knew I had the right station, if I heard radio static I was there.

    • That’s why I loved Nuxy so much.

      There was NOTHING more exciting than when a ball was hit, Al Michaels or Marty doing the play-by-play, and Joe Nuxhall screaming in the background “Get out of here!” I still get goosebumps thinking about it.

      • There was NOTHING more exciting than when a ball was hit, Al Michaels or Marty doing the play-by-play, and Joe Nuxhall screaming in the background “Get out of here!” I still get goosebumps thinking about it.

        Exactly, that is far and away my immediate and favorite association with Nuxy.

  10. Marty is Marty and will always be Marty. You can’t argue with that. While he is, I feel, one of the many reasons fans in Cincinnati are generally negative, IMO he is the best play by play guy in the country.

    The first time I heard the Cowboy a few years ago, I had a mental flash of a truck driver I once accidently saw wiping his butt without a stall door at a rest area. It took a while, but I have come to enjoy listening to the Cowboy.

    Chris Welch is probably my favorite. His television persona is possitive and educational. But as we heard on Bill’s RNR podcast, he’s not a homer.

    Thom reminds me of Marty in a way. A bit negative at times, but solid. I don’t mind that because he isn’t saying anything I’m not already yelling at my radio. I like him better on TV than on the Radio. But I like him better now because of the hot mic slip which the Brennamens are prone to do.

    Jim Kelch (unsure about spelling) sounds like one of those old time radio broadcaster who practices his diction before every game. His voice is a big time throwback to the golden age of baseball. I dig that about him.

    All in all, I think the Reds broadcast team is pretty good. You just have to take the bad with the good.

  11. Thank you Dan. I would love to know what was said to him from the dugout and from whom. I am a bit surprised the action wasn’t brought up more last night on the threads.

  12. Thom is fine, in my book. I think he cut down on the criticisms after he started, realizing that carbon-copying his dad wasn’t going to work.

    Welsh is very good.

    Brantley has grown on me quite a bit. As someone said, his discussion of pitching mechanics and approach is as good as anyone. The “Cowboy” schtick is tired, as are the inside jokes with Marty.

    Kelch is just top notch. I wish they could use him more.

    Marty is Marty, for good and bad. He’d be a lot better if the team was better.

    Paul Keels is like the iPad: He’s nice, but I have no idea what purpose he serves, beyond what we already have. He’s a very good football announcer. I haven’t heard him enough on baseball to have an opinion.

  13. As I said in the Titanic Struggle recap, I really enjoy hearing Brantley talk about pitching. He knows what the hell he’s talking about, and is able to describe minutiae about grips and mechanics in a way that’s both interesting and accessible. When he’s talking about some topic in particular, instead of riffing with the Brennamans about ribs or ice cream, I don’t find his voice irritating, either.

    But hoo-boy, he don’t know jack-squat about hitting or batting statistics. “Stuffed with rice pudding between the ears, shortchanged by the Lord and dumb as a jackass.”

  14. I’ve said this before…Brantley doing play by play makes my ears bleed he’s so bad. I’d rather listen to rap than Brantley doing play by play.

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  16. On the announcers… I am struggling this year. Craft Left Hander leaves me cold. He is just not that good or insightful. Last night, early on, he says Arroyo has great stuff with no effort, then Arroyo himself says he struggled the whole game. What was Chris watching? Shouldn’t he know these players and see these things?

    Thom is good. He has some great humorous moments and is engaged with the game, though I agree with a post earlier, he’s to emphatic ALL the time.

    Brantley’s best moments are when a game is tight. If it’s early or a blowout, he loses me. Marty is Marty. His play by play is what made me a Reds/baseball fan to begin with. However, I like to watch the game and listen to the radio, but the delays are KILLING me this year! There’s got to be a way to get those synced.

    Don’t even get me started on the new guy. Don’t like him on the Buckeyes, don’t like him on the Reds. Too generic, too redundant.

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