My PHL 17 Post Game Show Continues to be a Work in Progress

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The part of last night's post-game show most talked about was John Clark's butchering of Cliff Lee's actual name. He called him "Clifford." I'm willing to give him a pass on that one, even though Clifton is easily the most popular athlete in the city. To be honest, when he was first traded to the Phillies back in 2009, a friend mistakenly told me that his name was "Clifford." I'll admit that I too had a few Freudian slips during his first few months with the team. We'll assume – perhaps incorrectly – that the host of the Phillies post-game show knows Lee's real name.

But let's turn our attention to Marty Bystrom.

How in the world could he not notice the fact that Lee does the same move before every inning, dating back to – at least – his first go around with the Phillies and most likely the beginning of his pro career? This is a huge media market, with many fine sports minds, how is it possible that the guy pitching questions to the highest paid athlete in the city doesn't know his subject's most obvious quirk? Never mind the fact that, when asking the question, he sounded frighteningly like Alan giving his Wolf Pack speech in The Hangover.

And that camera… good Christ, the footage looks like one of those tapes that gets mailed to Al Jazeera. I was half expecting Charlie Manuel to emerge from the clubhouse pushing a guillotine and carrying a hood. Would it kill them to get an HD camera up in there?

Hop it for the video. I was alone first in the pack, and then Doug joined in later.

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19 Responses

  1. It’s like the old Mets post-game show with Ralph Kiner. One room, one camera, one spotlight. You’d think in a market as big as Philadelphia, some money could be spent on production, especially when a casino sponsors the show.

  2. And we’re the three best friends that anyone could ever have, and we’re the three best friends that anyone could ever have…

  3. “And that camera… good Christ, the footage looks like one of those tapes that gets mailed to Al Jazeera.” hahaha good line

  4. “And that camera… good Christ, the footage looks like one of those tapes that gets mailed to Al Jazeera. I was half expecting Charlie Manuel to emerge from the clubhouse pushing a guillotine and carrying a hood. Would it kill us to get an HD camera up in there?”
    CTFU!!! Hilarious.

  5. Do you really expect PHL 17, the same network that gave you Shasta McNasty and the New 90210, to have great production work?

  6. Marty B is the worst postgame interviewer ever. I always get that I’m embarrass for him feeling

  7. Mikey Miss has always pissed me off. He may have played ball and may know about the sport, but he makes some downright stupid fucking comments sometimes. But it’s sad when my wife, the faithful Phillies fan by injection that she is, made a comment about Marty’s not knowing he does it every inning.
    I am usually very against PHL17’s pre and post-games, but I missed all of the game except for the final out last night, so I had to settle and suffer.

  8. Arguably the worst post game show for any team, any sport, any channel. The interviews are atrocious….and LOL@the Al-Jezeera comment, classic.

  9. I heard Marty ask that question and I said, “You gotta be kidding me…”
    How can he go into that interview so ill prepared? That little quirk of Lee’s has been documented pretty extensively at this point. It was hilarious hearing Bystrom detail it like he was the first person to see it happen and needed to get the scoop on it before anyone else asked Cliff about it.
    What a joke.

  10. I missed it so I’ll just assume Missanelli spent the entire time talking about how great Lebron James is.

  11. Marshall Harris and Ricky Bottalico are WAY better with their post-game show on ComcastSportsNet. How could John Clark have forgotten Cliff Lee’s name is “Clifton”, not “Clifford”? DUH!!

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