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The Padres home television package on Cox Cable 4 is a disgrace. Geez, and why does that cable outlet have exclusive rights to Padres games anyway? Yeah, I get it, but there are people in their home market that don’t even get Cox Cable, so what do they do?
The worst parts, however, are two-fold. Mark Grant is one big problem. The other is whatever moron producer/director is choosing the shots. Each makes the actual attempt to watch Padres games on TV sometimes excruciatingly awful, especially for someone who actually is a baseball fan.
#1 MARK GRANT
Mediocre pitcher despite being a Top Five draft pick, wasted talent I guess. But as a commentator, THE WORST. Beyond mediocre. Constantly crying about ball-strike calls, official scoring, whatever, nonsense. WE DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT IF HE HITS IT IT’S A DOUBLE ON CHECKED SWINGS AND WHINING ABOUT BALLS AND STRIKES. The fact is Grant is such a complete homer he has zero credibility, especially when replays are so prevalent. Enough already.
Then, there’s Grant’s supposed expert analysis. Simpleton stuff. No insight. Crapola really. He should be ashamed. Or he’s making some dumb non-baseball comment or trying one of his really dumb puns or takeoffs or who does this guy look like…Pretty much everything except what is going on or helpful or interesting at all. Guess he’s the anti-Vince Scully. Honestly, I pity Matt Vasgersian, who is a Bob Costas-type guy and really being held back by having to appear on the same screen as Grant. Lose-lose, Grant makes everybody look worse and if you call him out on something he goes into this why are you picking on my thing.
But the worst of the worst are these constant Grant self-commercials while the game is being played.
Not like there aren’t billions of commercials during any conceivable break in the action. The worst of these are Grant’s constant harping on Moto World or whatever bike shop has him on the payola rolls. Constant chatter about Moto Crap even tying it in during plays or based on a flimsy lead-in. Then, during the breaks, he has more actual motorcycle world commercials. He also has a similar deal with Viejas Casino and goes on and on about eating at their buffet or some nonsense. Guess they can buy him for a free lunch or slot play.
Enough of this shill already. It’s not only not funny, Grant, but tired and sad, disgusting actually.
We’re interested in baseball and hate you for being such a no-nothing shill. But guess if you don’t actually know anything you can be vice-president (Sara Palin) or Padres pseudo fake announcer. How much money is Moto World and Viejas paying him under the table? Man, it looks and sounds so bad, how do they get away with it?
#2 NOT SHOWING THE ACTUAL GAME
Speaking of Cox disgusting coverage, they often have some person totally unrelated to baseball or the game show up, like Sam the Cooking Guy, or whatever flotsam appears on Cox 4.
OK, that stinks, but they take it even further by NOT SHOWING THE GAME, instead focusing the camera on the booth and talking head interviews while the game is being played. Again, we’re watching the games because we’re baseball fans and WE DON’T CARE ABOUT SAM THE COOKING GUY, or whatever, much less want to be forced to watch him and can’t even see the game. If you feel the need to shill your worthless shows nobody watches ever, do it, but also allow us to watch the game. It’s disgusting and a poor reflection on you.
With the Direct TV and MLB.com packages, we can watch everybody’s coverage. It’s, in fact, impressive how many top-notch broadcasters and crews do baseball games in the U.S. and Canada. Love it! So, the bar is obvious and when a D- or F+ “talent” like Grant is around, it looks especially evil.
On the plus side, again, Vasgersian does a good job when allowed. Bob Scanlan, another former pitcher, currently handles post-game duties and you know what, he is outstanding. If he stays in San Diego, it would be so much more preferable to have this guy do the games. He actually seems to know something.
Go to Moto World and shove it. YOU’RE OUT!