And with that misjudged liner, the Marlins took a 3-0 lead and went on to win 3-2.
Besides being borderline incapable in the outfield, Brown is batting .217 with a .271 on-base percentage and only five home runs. At some point, you have to wonder if he’s, you know, good. Besides that one extraordinary month last season, he’s oscillated between pedestrian and terrible in his janky Major League career.
After the game, A.J. Burnett, who pitched well enough to win and who continues to be the exact opposite of the type of player and person I thought he was before he came here, put the blame on himself:
“I felt like I should have picked him up the next at-bat,” the righty said. “That’s what we do. You pick each other up. The pitch is a little bit lower to Salty, then you pick him up. [Brown] plays hard. He comes in every day and prepares and he goes about his business. It ain’t like he’s trying to miss balls out there.”
A.J. Burnett, I respect you.
Meanwhile, the Phillies signed Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal because he’s a guy Ruben Amaro has heard of. Sizemore would likely be a capable replacement for Brown and had slightly better numbers than Brown before being cut by the Red Sox.
The Phillies’ broadcast has reached its P.T. Barnum level and is doing anything it can to get people to watch. From a CSN press release:
The Phillies broadcasting team of Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer will call the game from a special centerfield location for this Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. This special broadcast booth location provides the broadcasters a unique view of the game, the players and the ballpark. This is the first time the broadcast has moved out of the position behind home plate for a full game in the 10 years at Citizens Bank Park. Friday’s 7 p.m. Phillies vs. the Atlanta Braves game airs on Comcast SportsNet.
“This centerfield broadcast location will provide a unique viewpoint for Tom, Matt and Jamie, TV viewers and fans alike,” said Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies producer Jeff Halikman. “We are always trying to find new and interesting ways to present games to our viewers and this location is completely opposite from where Tom, Matt and Jamie normally sit, which will offer a different vantage point for everyone.”
Yes, because what we need for a better broadcast is making Tom McCarthy’s job more difficult.