Fellow baseball NERDS, PJ-wearing basement dwellers, know-it-all-number-crunchers-who-never-played-the-game... REJOICE, a baseball broadcast specifically designed with YOU in mind is now here.
The main broadcast of Saturday's opener between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals will be on Fox. Cable channel Fox Sports 1 will also show it, with extended replays and statistical analysis of batter-pitcher matchups, umpiring tendencies and defensive shifts.
Kevin Burkhardt will call the game from the studio alongside Gabe Kapler, CJ Nitkowski, Rob Neyer and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. The broadcast will sometimes use a ''double box'' to show the commentators and live action at the same time.
Long time readers might remember that it was the esteemed Rob Neyer who had the audacity (read: stupidity) to ask me to be his Yankees blog back when the ESPN SweetSpot Network was being formed in 2009. I will never forget to thank him for that kickstart, for without him, this site might not be up and running today, manned by these excellent writers around me.
So do Rob and his nerdy band of nerdfarmers a solid and tune into FS1 instead of Joe Buck and his gang, will ya? And if you don't like it, just remember: One game is a SSS and don't draw conclusions from it!
Sadly, however, Neyer won't be in his traditional flannel.