The wait is over! That is unless you have Time Warner or AT&T U-Verse, but I have Cox so the wait is over for me. I, like a few others, decided to stay at home and out of the rain and watch the Spring Training game between the Padres and the Kansas City Royals this past St. Patricks Day on the new Fox Sports San Diego channel.
It's good to see baseball back. As you know, I caught a few games in person out in Arizona a few weeks back, but sometimes it's nice to just grab a beer out of the fridge, not have to sell a kidney to pay for it, sit on your comfy couch and watch some good 'ol baseball in the comfort and quiet of your own home.
Overall I enjoyed the whole broadcast. The pre-game show was solid. I didn't know what to expect really, but I thought Mike Pomeranz and Mark Sweeney did a great job together. You could tell there was some Game 1 nerves and obviously the more they work together, the more polished they'll become as a duo. I really enjoyed Dick Enberg in the pre-game show as well. At this point in time I think that's the perfect role for him. For all the complaints that have been made about him over the past few seasons, no one has ever complained about his awesome story telling. Plus getting Corey Brock, Mark Grant and some of the ball players involved were all nice touches. The only complaint is they need to lay off the Switchfoot and Values.com commercials. Perhaps they didn't have enough sponsors yet and had few choices but I was sick of both of them by the start of the game.
In game reporter Leila Rahimi did a great job and Mud was solid behind the mic as always. The Dick (Enberg) Drinking Game was in full effect as I counted at least 4 or 5 "Warning Path" comments during the broadcast. Sharon Annie Heilbrunn appears to be taking on as many jobs as she has names lately. She was LIVE at the Fox Sports Grill in downtown San Diego. She does awesome work and I loved seeing the crowd rooting on the Padres in game. Speaking of which, the cameras will be at the Randy Jones All American Sports Grill this Friday for the next televised game. Come on down! RJ will be there! Pretty sure I'll be there as well....not that I matter.
It should also be noted that Tom Krasovic stated in his blog today that Britt McHenry has been hired to be the sideline reporter. She's a former soccer player, who likes the Dolphins and will be covering the Padres. As a former soccer player, Dolphins fan and nerdy Padres blogger I think we'd totes get along. Welcome to San Diego Britt!