Friday, July 30, 2010

Please Don't Stereotype Us

The Mets just had the winner of SNY's KidCaster Contest join the booth with Gary, Keith, and Ron.  In a word: terrible.  The winner was a girl about 16 years old.  I have always been one to stick up for female sports fans, especially teenagers that have a harder time proving themselves as fans.

But, this was just bad.  She started off by saying her favorite players are Mike Piazza and David Wright.  Great, nothing special, anybody could guess that.  She then explains her special home run call for David Wright.  David hits a home run and you can hear her hyperventilating.  Her play-by-play is simply reading the scoreboard.  She doesn't say anything special about the players, doesn't mention anything unique.

I understand calling a game is hard.  I get that it's difficult to make any sort of impression when you're in the booth for half an inning.  But, it's not hard to make an impression like the one I just saw.  It was stereotypical, it was boring.

By the time tomorrow's game start it's likely nobody will remember this.  I just want to let you know that we're not all like that.  There are teenage girls out there that don't love David Wright, they won't shriek if they see him hit a home run.  But, if we do like David, don't assume we will shriek if we see him hit a home run.  Personally, I prefer good defensive plays.

I'm simply trying to say, don't stereotype us.  It's rude, annoying, and lazy.


Julie/ said...

Not disagreeing with you but two things: 1) were the kid commentators they've had before any good? 2) she didn't have any help with any sort of commentary. It was just her, which makes it pretty painful to watch/listen to.

Ellie said...

1) Last year was the first time they did this and I think it was a 10 or 11 year old boy. It wasn't great, but it was definitely better than the girl this year. Maybe he tried to keep talking to GKR instead of just simply play-by-play?

2) It would be hard for anyone outside of Vin Scully to call any part of a game alone. I guess that goes to SNY/GKR for leaving her out there, but she showed pretty much no knowledge.