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Friday, May 13, 2011

Phillies Broadcasters

Listening to Chris Wheeler underscores the depth of loss the fans suffered upon the passing of both Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas.

Wheels was a Major League apologist/pollyanna for awful Phillies' teams during the years when Bill Giles was the president and called the Phillies a "small market" team. Now, he's a master of the obvious and trite, tries too hard and pales in comparison to both Gary Mathews and Larry Andersen, neither of whom will go down as all-time color commentators.

My wife, a baseball enthusiast by marriage, offered tonight that "it's just painful to listen to him."

Tom McCarthy, the Phillies' very good play-by-play man, deserves better.

So do the fans.

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