Expanding on our Sunday media column post, Brian Anderson, TBS’ play-by-play man on Dodgers’ games throughout the National League first two playoff series, understands some of your pain.
He saw the Dodgers play all six times this season when they were up against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team Anderson covers regularly for Fox Sports Wisconsin. That includes Clayton Kershaw’s seven-inning, 14-strikeout game on June 2 in Miller Park.
He’s watched the SportsNet L.A. feed of the Dodgers with Joe Davis and either Orel Hershiser or Normar Garciaparra since it was clear to him in early September that he’d be doing the Dodgers’ NLCS series. He’s followed the career of Yu Darvish since his MLB career began in Texas — specifically since Anderson’s brother of five years, Mike, who got a cup of coffee as a Cincinnati Reds pitcher, is a Pacific Rim scout with the Rangers who was involved in Darvish’s signing. Anderson also got to call a Dodgers’ game on TBS in September that Darvish pitched.
But no matter how much you see, and hear, and experience, it’s not always easy to glean information that satisfies everyone involved.
“I always try to do my prep work from a baseball perspective,” said Anderson, a former St. Mary’s of Texas in San Antonio college player. “I have my brother, a scout and a great reference. I love to get scouting material. I’ll talk to third-base coaches as part of my normal routine and find out what they’ll be doing if balls are hit to certain outfielders. That’s very important to know when you have so much information available. Continue reading “Sunday media: More from Brian Anderson, on the pitfalls of dropping into a team’s season during the playoff run” »