NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, October 31, 2015, 2:07 AM
Although it took an inning for him to get to it, Fox analyst Harold Reynolds made a point (in the form of a question) that was on what’s left of our mind after Noah Syndergaard opened Game 3 of the World Series by throwing up-and-in heat to Alcides Escobar.
After the pitch, Fox’s camera quickly zoomed in on Mike Moustakas, who was screaming out at Syndergaard from the Royals dugout. Tom Verducci had set this all in motion before the first pitch was thrown, wondering if Thor would knock down Escobar, who comes out of the dugout swinging.
Still, immediately after the pitch was thrown, and following the Moustakas reaction shot, the voices had nothing to say, even after the Royals scored the first run of the game. It wasn’t until the second inning that Reynolds, after the Royals went up 3-2, popped the question that needed to be asked.
“I’m going back to the first pitch of the game (to Escobar),” Reynolds said. “Did it wake up a sleeping dog? … You saw Moustakas and the rest of the team, saying, ’OK, game on.’….I like the fact that he knocked him down, but I’m raising the question did he wake them up?”
Nice work. Reynolds asked the question AND made a point. Apparently it did not satisfy everyone at Fox. Why else would they go to reporter Erin Andrews in the third inning to basically say what Reynolds already said and show the same Moustakas reaction shot?
Perhaps they thought the viewers are slow learners. Or that the unwashed masses would pay more attention to Andrews.
Whatever. This is known (at least to us) as taking a good point and watering it down. Or beating it to death. Get it? Reynolds delivered the word, albeit a bit late, and Fox should have let it stand on its own.
A good play-by-play voice often needs to be an even better setup man. Joe Buck proved to be just that in the first inning when David Wright stepped into the batter’s box.
“The question for me,” Buck said, “is what the Mets are going to get out of this guy, David Wright?”
Wright promptly answered, hitting a home run and going on to have a big night at the plate.
Reynolds had a high-percentage night when it came to NOT stating the obvious, finding a reason why Mets bats came alive against Yordano Ventura. After a Curtis Granderson homer, Reynolds explained why it was easy to time Ventura’s pitches.
“I’ve never been a fan of this inadvertent windup. … As a hitter I’m saying, ‘Thank you for the timing’,” Reynolds said. “When you go here, step, step, throw, you basically give a hitter the rhythm timing he wants.”
Who could ask for anything more?
NO MAC ATTACK
Top of the sixth. Two outs. Bases full of Royals. Fox goes to a dugout shot of Terry Collins.
And at that very moment we missed Tim McCarver.
For you know T-Mac’s voice would have gone into a squeal mode as he first-guessed whether Collins should stick with Syndergaard or hook him.
And if Collins went the opposite way, McCarver would have been all over him.
On this occasion, Verducci/Reynolds played the role of Lumps on a Log. They didn’t attempt to first-guess Collins.
These cats ain’t risk takers. What a pity.
BE LIKE MIKE
Verducci, who has turned many memorable phrases as a highly acclaimed sportswriter, must have an appreciation of the great poet-philosophers.
That was evident during the third inning when he said: “Everybody’s got a plan until you get socked in the face.” True.
Maybe Mr. V forgot, but the poet who authored that line was Michael Gerard Tyson, the artist formerly known as Iron Mike. Perhaps Verducci will credit Tyson, if not for that particular line but for his overall literary genius (have you seen his one-man show?), during an upcoming World Series telecast.
That would be the proper thing to do, right?
ON THE MONEY
It was absolutely heartwarming watching Alex Rodriguez reach out to Pete Rose on Fox’s pregame show.
A-Rod actually looked at Charlie Hustle and asked: “Pete, what would you tell the Mets (if you were the manager) before the game in the dugout?”
No, Rose did not answer by saying, “Bet the under.”
Glad to see George Brett hasn’t lost any of his charm. On SNY’s pregame show, Doug Williams said the Hall of Famer “knows this Royals team as swell as anybody.”
Brett: “I know them well, but not as well as anybody.”
Ron Darling solved the mystery of Yoenis Cespedes.
And he did it with an original thesis.
Darling provided an answer for Valley of the Stupid Gasbags who are wondering what’s wrong with a man who is fond of canary yellow.
“I think it’s just October baseball,” Darling said on SNY. “It’s a little colder. He just can’t get 18 holes (of golf) in before the game.”
Sounds like a reasonable explanation to me.
BY Bill Price
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