The sounds of not talking

September 5th, 2006 → 8:18 am @ // No Comments

There was a lot to be happy about last night: the return of the inscrutable and delightfully coiffed Manny Ramirez, Trot Nixon swinging a bat without doubling over in pain, the vacuum cleaner known as A-Gon patrolling the infield, tight shots of Jason Varitek warily eyeing the batter from behind the plate, a possibly teary and always excitable Julian Tavarez auditioning as the ace of the staff, Carlos Pena’s 10th-inning walk-off (in case you tuned out these last few weeks, he’s one of the approximately 400 players who’ve suited up for the Sox over the past month), and, of course, Tina Cervasio struggling for the 54th time this season to figure out a new way to ask a player, “So what was that like?”

There’s also one of my favorite aspects of Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo’s broadcasts on NESN. When there’s a dramatic event on the field — Matt Clement being beaned in the head, any one of Papi’s million game-winners, Pedro returning to Fenway — Remy and Orsillo know enough to keep their traps shut and let viewers enjoy the engulfing sounds of the fans at the game. It’s how sports broadcasts should work: for those of us stuck watching the game on TV, we want to get as close to the action as possible. And in the most dramatic moments of the game, that means hearing nothing more than the sounds of tens of thousands frenzied fans reacting to another seemingly transcendent moment on the diamond.

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