World Series

Fox Adds Pierzynski to MLB Post Season Roster

Fox Sports announced today that White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski will join the network’s coverage of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and World Series.

Pierzynski will join host Chris Rose and analyst Eric Karros live on-site for every postseason broadcast on Fox, beginning with the ALCS on October 8th.

“A.J. is intelligent, engaging and candid with a bit of an edge, every attribute we look for in an analyst,” said Fox Sports Executive Vice President/Coordinating Pregame/Studio Producer Scott Ackerson in a press release.  “He has 14 years of experience at the major league level, and he himself has had tremendous success in postseason play.  We’re confident he’ll provide our audience contemporary insight and will be a major asset to our broadcasts.”

“Nothing beats the intensity of playing in the playoffs and World Series, but if I can’t be a part of the action on-field, joining the MLB on FOX team is the next best thing,” said Pierzynski. “Everyone knows that I’m not one to hold back, so I’m looking forward to watching this season’s best teams compete this October and giving fans my honest opinion about their performance.”

Here is the Fox schedule for the ALCS and World Series:

ALCS

Saturday, Oct. 8                     Game #1                     7:30pm ET
Sunday, Oct. 9                        Game #2                     7:00pm ET
Tuesday, Oct. 11                    Game #3                     7:30pm ET
Wednesday, Oct. 12               Game #4                     4:00pm ET
Thursday, Oct. 13                   Game #5*                   4:00pm ET
Saturday, Oct. 15                   Game #6*                   7:30pm ET
Sunday, Oct. 16                      Game #7*                   8:00pm ET

(* if necessary)

World Series

Wednesday, Oct. 19               Game #1                     7:30pm ET
Thursday, Oct. 20                   Game #2                     7:30pm ET
Saturday, Oct. 22                   Game #3                     7:30pm ET
Sunday, Oct. 23                      Game #4                     8:00pm ET
Monday, Oct. 24                     Game #5*                   7:30pm ET
Wednesday, Oct.26                Game #6*                   7:30pm ET
Thursday, Oct. 27                   Game #7*                   7:30pm ET

(* if necessary)

The Homers on Homers

I had a chance today to listen to the two morning shows of the dominant sports radio stations in Boston (WEEI) and Denver (KKFN) and their take on the World Series.  It was the classic case of each station looking at the series through the rose colored glasses of their respective teams.

At WEEI, hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan had little doubt that the Red Sox would win the Series in five games.  They also didn’t think that a sweep would be out of the realm of possibility.  They pointed to Boston’s experience in the post season and the Rockies lack of it in jumping to their conclusions.

Over at KKFN,  The Sports Guys,  Mike Evans and Sandy Clough had the Rockies winning the Series.  Evans picked Colorado in six while Clough thought the series would end in five games.  They feel the Rockies will remain on their hot streak and will catch Boston by surprise.  They also noted that the Rockies have nothing to lose and the Red Sox will have more pressure to win.

Two cities, two perspectives.  I guess that’s why they play the game on the field and not on the airwaves.