Quite often, fans will yell at the referee or umpire: “You’re missing a good game.”
The same can be said for sportscasters. LA Dodger ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed 3 earned runs in seven innings tonight. ESPN’s Dan Shulman and John Kruk acted as if Kershaw were pitching his first 8-U game.
They never once mentioned the fact that Kershaw had pitched exactly one inning — at the All Star Game — since July 10. Like most people, pitchers are creatures of habit and routine. How could we expect him to be at his very best if he hadn’t pitched in a real game in 10 days?
If I were their producer or director, I might have reminded Shulman and Kruk about this important detail. But what do I know? I don’t work for ESPN.