Friday, May 04, 2012
Tell Your Audience: What Victor Rojas Got Wrong
"Some people say jinxes have no place in sports, but that's just how I am," Rojas said. "I didn't move from my position after the third inning, I didn't move any paper. I put my pens back in the same spot. That's just who I am."I actually agree with Charley Steiner, and, unsurprisingly, the Giants' great broadcaster Jon Miller here:
"Why are you keeping that a secret from your audience?" Steiner said. "In the 21st century we have this thing called the Internet. People in Swaziland know a no-hitter is going on. If you have those baseball superstitions from 40 years ago, OK, but do you not have some obligation to inform the audience?"Weaver, of course, couldn't be bothered with one superstition about no-hitters, and that is returning to the same spot on the bench. I'll leave that bit to the story, but it's got a funny ending.
Jon Miller, another Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster, said he has no problem calling a no-hitter a no-hitter. "I feel like I have a responsibility to my audience, to the station, to the network, to say what's going on," Miller said.
"Plus, I want to maximize my audience. If someone hears from me about a no-hitter, he might call others or text or email and that helps my audience get larger. Some guys use all kinds of euphemisms, talking about 'no runs, nothing at all,' they make a game of it. I just think, if it's a big story, mention it. But it's a quaint old baseball thing. I don't blame anybody for doing a game any way they want."
I'd be far more curious whether Terry Smith said anything on the radio.
Also, Rojas was once a player. He has a different perspective than Steiner and Miller.