Eric Tracy has a new appreciation for extra innings.
Before he joined a group of friends at Dodger Stadium to take in the Dodgers-Royals game late Friday afternoon, he had another three-hour immunotherapy session at City Of Hope in Duarte. It’s part of the new prescribed route that the 66-year-old former Dodgers’ pre- and postgame host in the ’80s and ’90s at KABC/790 takes now.
Doctors at the renowned cancer-treatment center gave him a 3- to 9-month window of survival in October 2016. Cancer that had already been treated with radiation and chemotherapy at the base of his tongue starting last summer, taking away all his salivary glands, had moved to his lungs in the form of seven tumors. More at this link …
How to create your own social experiment: The next time you’re shifting around in your seat tying to watch a game at Dodger Stadium or Angel Stadium, and some late-arriving cluster of fans who fumble around with their printed-out tickets, maybe even contend that someone else is in their seats before realizing they’re lost, and end up blocking your view for what seems to be an eternity, raise your voice at them.
C’mon, we can’t see the game. You pick the volume of protest that least (or most) offends those you came to the game with.
Maybe this is where Newton’s third law comes in, about an equal and opposite reaction. The response could be a) pretend to ignore you, b) a sheepish pained smile, c) a defensive ;posture, maybe even a little snippy, about how they paid the same for these tickets just like you did, and/or d) an apology. Why this even comes on our radar is because we ran flush into an usher at Petco Park in San Diego the other night, and in a profound moment of calibrating the situation, we were embarrassed by our behavior.
As we were about to stroll down an aisle in the middle of a Dodgers-Padres game, this cat with the straw hat was like the third-base coach giving us the “hold up” sign. Literally, it was a sign, implying that people below would really appreciate it if we took action to not interrupt the action.
It’s common sense and perhaps uncommon courtesy. And we need a sign to remind us of this? These days, perhaps.
So you’d think those who run Dodger Stadium or Angel Stadium might have the same impetus to promote fan experience/decorum? Is that not showing up on season-seat holder surveys? Or are they simply crazed enough by the boldness/cluelessness of the person two rows down who stands up just as Clayton Kershaw is about to deliver a pitch so they can take a selfie with him in the background?
We put it out on social media and because the impressions and engagements were substantial, here’s what we got (with editing as needed): More at this link …
Notes to post head into the weekend before Sunday’s weekly media column:
We found it a lot curious — but considering he Dodgers own the channel and hire the broadcasters, it probably shouldn’t be that odd — that SportsNet L.A. on-air talent openly campaigned (and seemed to almost shame) Dodgers viewers to put in a vote or 35 for third baseman Justin Turner during the extended fan vote for the final spot on the NL and AL All-Star teams. Voting ends Thursday.
What’s more is that during Tuesday’s July 4 SNLA broadcast, there was Alanna Rizzo, in the “#VoteJT” T-shirt, using air quotes to allow Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen to clarify comments he made because “I think some people took it out of context” about how he clearly said Dodgers fans were to blame for the lack of any Dodgers being voted in as one of the eight NL starters. Several days ago in San Diego, Jansen said: “I’m sorry Dodgers’ fans. I’ll say it loud and clear. It’s the Dodgers fans’ fault. We should have voted for those two guys. They should be starters.”
What part was taken out of context, the “loud” or the “clear”?
We occasionally check out FS1’s Twitter feed to see what kind of clips they ultimately want us to see. Like this one the other day where someone named Rob Parker put together of the Top Five Sluggers of All Time list that included Yankees rookie Aaron Judge.
Whether our browser is outdated or it has some innate ability to sniff our fraudulent content, we have been getting the message across all video links: “This media could not be played.”
Thank goodness for small favors.
Recent cutbacks at FoxSports.com from the writers’ and editors’ wing has awakened writers and editors in other media outlets to respond. Like us. It’s not a trend anyone wants to see continue or be called a success — this takingvideo clips from FS1 programming and turning FoxSports.com into a low-brow YouTube channel.
It has to have repercussions.
One indication of where Fox’s online strategy is going is that even a newish website like the Chicago-based TheAthletic.com ($5.99 a month, $39.99 a year) is promoting the fact on Twitter this week that “You will never have to watch an auto-play video of @RealSkipBayless on our site. That’s reason enough to try it.”
One can watch Repetitive Tweet Syndrome about how low Bayless’ ratings are on FS1 compared to all other children’s shows. Or debate whether no one reads stories longer than 1,000 words any more.
Has binge-watching Netflix, a way to numb our mind in these crazy political times, sort of killed the sports writing stars? Don’t we need written journalism more than ever before? We just have our simplified reaction to how this is unfolding at our Sunday Media column link here.
Before getting deeper into the weekend, we have some noteworthy comments about how June will end and July will begin from a sports media angle here:
== Yes, there’s another massive cleanup in Aisle 1 at L.A.-based Fox Sports. AwfulAnnouncing.com’s Ben Koo and Andrew Bucholtz are there with a damp sponge and magnifying glass, concluding with a piece entitled: “Frustration, uncertainty, dread and layoffs: An inside look at Jamie Horowitz’s takeover of Fox Sports Digital: Fox Sports’ mass layoffs were the coup de grace of a period that saw Horowitz prioritize the promotion of television personalities and programs over digital content”
As the Koo piece includes about the revamped FoxSports.com: “Mass layoffs (some revealed Monday) were the coup de grace of a period that saw Horowitz prioritize the promotion of television programs and personalities over digital content, even enlisting veteran reporters to ghost-write or compose “as told to” content during Super Bowl week for talking heads like Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless.”