No asterisks needed

This has been a very entertaining World Series so far. It would be hard to top last night’s crazy finish, which saw the Rays win in the bottom of the ninth after being down by a run with two outs and runners on first and second. Tampa Bay had just the guy they wanted at the plate: Brett Phillips, who wasn’t even on the active roster until the World Series and was 0 for 2 in his previous plate appearances, and has a lifetime .202 average in 337 at-bats over four seasons. Okay, maybe they would have preferred someone else, but Phillips was all that was left after manager Kevin Cash had emptied his bench trying to keep up with the Dodgers.


Brian Anderson is not terrible

Brian Anderson, who is currently doing play-by-play for the TBS coverage of Game 5 of the ALDS between the Rays and the Yankees, is not terrible.

He’s just not worth paying attention to. Yet he’s considered to be a star for Turner Sports and in baseball in general. His regular gig is doing TV for the Milwaukee Brewers, and he’s won awards. He also calls both college basketball and NBA games.

He has a good voice. It’s inoffensive, with a nice tone, and he enunciates well. It’s just bland. It’s the prototypical sports announcer voice. I couldn’t pick him out of a audio lineup from any of a dozen of his colleagues.