Beginning Friday, Oct. 5, TBS will exclusively televise the Major League Baseball American League (AL) and National League (NL) Wild Card games and will once again provide coverage of all four MLB Division Series (DS) and exclusive coverage of the American League Championship Series (ALCS). Following is an overview of this week’s “Sunday MLB on TBS” telecast, a primer on TBS analyst Dennis Eckersley’s unique baseball vernacular and analyst John Smoltz offering perspective on the New York Yankees down the stretch.
“Sunday MLB on TBS:” Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox
The pennant race heats up on “Sunday MLB on TBS” on September 30 at 2 p.m. ET with a match-up of postseason contenders when Paul Konerko and the White Sox host Evan Longoria and the Rays. David Price (19-5) is scheduled to start for the Rays against White Sox probable starter Francisco Liriano (6-12). Going into the weekend series, both teams are competing for postseason berths. Calling the action will be Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Smoltz (analysts).
As a viewer’s guide entering the 2012 MLB Postseason, following is a refresher on some of TBS analyst Dennis Eckersley’s favorite phrases (with translations):
- Cheese = Fastball
- Salad = Bad Pitch
- Paint = Good Control
- Johnson = Home Run
- Moss = Hair
- Iron = Money
MLB on TBS Quotes of Note
TBS analyst John Smoltz on…
…the Yankees: “What you have to do in 162 games is survive stretches. The Yankees have been there, done that. When they need a win, they usually get it…when you think about the Yankees, they are built to win. They’ve got the most depth. It’s going to be their pitching that takes them farthest in the playoffs.”
…on Yankees manager Joe Girardi: “I don’t know who you give the [American League] Manager of the Year Award to…Joe [Girardi] doesn’t get any credit, but he has done a nice job this year. He’s done a great job of wading through the water with some of the things you don’t typically see in lineups or [pitching] rotations. He’s done a nice job.”
…on the importance of winning your division: “Winning the division is not only imperative, it’s the absolute best-case scenario so that you can set up your rotation and you don’t have to start flirting with the Wild Card game.”
In Case You Missed It
- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will star alongside some of MLB’s greatest players in video clips highlighting TBS’ 2012 MLB Postseason coverage. The videos, which feature the Springsteen song “Land of Hope and Dreams” as the musical backdrop, will also air leading up to and during this year’s postseason.
- Clink on the following link to view the VIDEO.