August 10, 2009

Show #73: We Sit Down with Dan Roche, Pre and Post Game Producer for the Phillies TV Broadcast

The Dodgers Series.  Smoltz  DFA’d.  The Post Season Hope Meter.  And our conversation with Dan Roche.

 

 

122 Responses to “Show #73: We Sit Down with Dan Roche, Pre and Post Game Producer for the Phillies TV Broadcast”

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    Leah Says:

    Easy there Curt…take a deep breath…place your 5 fingers around your favorite beer and chug. Wow. I don’t know where I am on the spectrum. I’m stoked about the series with the Dodgers but so afraid of more heartbreaking games with zero offense. After we play the Nats maybe I’ll feel more inclined to pick a number.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good show, guys. You were gracious hosts to the enemy.

    My hope meter will be mathematical, too. The number of wins in this Washington series multiplied by 3, minus one.

    0= -1
    1 = 2
    2 = 5
    3 = 8

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    Bubdylan Says:

    … minus 7 for every time I see Bobby’s face in my mind…

    *blink… blink*

    I’m at -210.

  4. 4
    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m all for a Smoltz reunion. Smoltz and Francoeur together again.

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    Anne Says:

    Since Curt is clearly out of sorts, I’m going to stay a 3 no matter what.

  6. 6
    Curt Says:

    Cats and dogs living together. It’s mass hysteria.

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    Donnie Darko Says:

    Nice podcast. Nice 12 step song there at the end of the show.

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    BluesMan Says:

    Great show guys, I gotta say I’m a 6.5 on the Postseason Hope Meter. If we can solve the Nats, & put a proper beating on the Fish, then I’ll be an 8. I ain’t worried about Philadelphia though, IMO they went from having no steady & dependable pitchers to one. I don’t think Pedro will be able to do much for the Phillies. Will he bolster their rotation? Yes. But not enough to win the division. Their offense is finally starting to lose it’s luster…that compounded w/ a shaky rotation & a fair bullpen (at best)…they don’t have a chance. I think the Marlins have a better chance at taking the division than the Phillies. If our Bravos do what they set out to do against their division rivals…than they’ll be in great shape, & I wouldn’t be surprised if it came down to the Rockies & the Marlins for the Wild Card.

    To be honest, I’m still weary about having our inter-division games being called by retarded & blind umpires. If we have another game of bad calls by fools, I hope Frank Wren, John Schulerholtz, & Bobby Cox all call Bud Selig & read him the riot act.

    GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 9
    BluesMan Says:

    To correct an error in my post: I hope that our remaining games against our division rivals aren’t being called by blind, & retarded fools.

    GO BRAVES!!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, yeah I was gonna respond to the 12 Step song, too, but I know everybody here would be SO SURPRISED… *hiccup*

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    Steve Says:

    Well, here’s the answer to the Pedro question. Cannot wait to watch the scoreboard Wednesday night. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4389851

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    I fear Pedro will be a good pickup for the Phils.

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    Curt Says:

    I think we learned from the Glavine situation that minor league starts mean nothing. He will get a nice welcome back to the majors against the Cubs. He pitched well in the WBC, but I’m real curious to see if he has anything left. I think counting on him only boosts our chances. I’d rather count on Tim Hudson.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m with Chris. Not cuz he’ll be the old Pedro, but cuz he’ll be better than Moyer.

    But watching the Braves play good ball lately has reminded me that I really DO care more about playing good games than making the playoffs. It’s so fun to watch them click together and make exciting plays.

    And this isn’t just me trying to feel okay about not making it (if we don’t). I’m just genuinely reminded that good baseball in the middle of the season can be pretty magical.

    Shut Down the Nats!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    And for the love of all that’s… lovely, FIRE BOBBY COX!

  16. 16
    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, so somebody couldn’t tell me we only play the Nats twice?

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    I agree, Curt. Pedro struck out 11 in his last start, though. Glavine wasn’t doing that. We’ll know soon enough whether he has anything. I haven’t seen any scouting reports on Pedro and I’d love to know what they are. The ones on Smoltz were fairly accurate in predicting his ML performance.

    I’m happy to count on Hudson replacing Acosta, but that’s about it.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – I had to fight the urge to correct you, but I felt like I’d be one of those DOB blog jerks if I did it.

    I have little faith in Pedro as well. He hasn’t really dominated since 2005. That’s a lot of years, especially in your late 30′s as an athlete. I predict he goes 4 2/3 and gives up 5 runs Wednesday night.

    And I can’t get on board with the “it’s just fun to be playing good baseball right now” thing. It’s REALLY fun because of what it’s propelling us toward (for me, anyway). If we were the Nats, 40 games under .500, and went on this 8 game streak, I’d still be pretty damned bummed.

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    Leah Says:

    Oh dear…what does that do to your formula Bubdylan?

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    Wiley Says:

    Did anybody see Bill Hohn’s call during the Dodgers game last night. It was a play which Mark Loretta (playing first) mishandled a ball and stepped off the bag to retrieve and Bill Hohn called the runner out. And then by no surprise ejected teh manager arguing the call. This guy needs to be fired!

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    Wiley Says:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=6035539
    start watching at the 1:01 mark to see the maddening disgrace.

  22. 22
    Curt Says:

    Baseball Prospectus (FOS) has the Braves post-season chances at 1 in 3. My new number is 3.3333333333333333333333333333333333

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, it kills my formula dead. It is now: 20 minus DL days for Soriano.

    Steve, always correct me. I’ll hold a terrible grudge, which will manifest itself in passive aggressive blog posts for two weeks. But don’t pretend you don’t love that.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    And Steve, if you can’t appreciate excellent play in the most elegant sport in history, regardless of post season implications, then I’m going to have to make elitist-sounding quips at you until I realize I probably need to playoffs to be happy, too (takes about three days).

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – you’ve forced some soul searching here in the ol’ comments section for me. And here’s the thing for me. My fanaticism around the Braves is absolutely tied to overall success and potential post-season games. In fact, I can’t think of anything I love more (family/friends excluded) then sitting down to watch a Braves playoff game. So, while there was some good Braves baseball played last September, I didn’t really care much about it. To put it another way, if I had to choose between watching all 9 innings of tonight’s game against the Nats with all its momentum and corner-turning implications or a game 7 of the NLCS that did not include the Braves (a game 7 that would potentially provide a much higher level of all-around play and intensity), I would pick tonight’s game without hesitation. Bring on the elitism!

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