Laura already mentioned the comments of Fox play-by-play guy Matt Vasgersian on the Fahey hit/out in the top of the 9th, but I have to cite them also.
I found it amazing that after Manny Ramirez dug the ball out of the corner and started a play that ended up with the potential go-ahead run for the Orioles thrown out at third -- leaving Baltimore with no one on and two outs rather than a man at second and only one out against Papelbon (with Mora and Tejada coming up) -- Ramirez was still criticized more than Fahey on the play. Criticized for ... well, I don't really know what for ... allegedly actions in the past, I guess.
From the replay, it looks as though Manny slowed down as he neared the corner, but that was because he expected the ball to bounce out towards him, as it usually does. When it died in the corner, he sprinted in to get it and quickly fling it to Gonzalez.
Talk about a no-win situation. Cut down a potential game-winning run in the ninth inning, helped out by the runner's dumb decision, and have the announcers make fun of you for something that didn't happen.
Sadly, I have come to expect this kind of crap from just about every announcer out there (even Orsillo and Remy aren't above some gratuitous, out-of-context, Manny-bashing), but I'm still a little surprised every time I hear it. I expect the announcer to be a little more professional than a drunk fan in the bleachers making cracks about the opposing team. Silly me.
Another complaint about the Fox and ESPN broadcasters (local guys probably do it too, but I'm less aware of it) is when they make reference to former players or events that happened many years ago -- some very famous, some not well-known at all -- and never explain what they are talking about. And it's the national audience -- with more casual viewers in the audience -- that most needs an explanation, or some explanation.
Two examples from yesterday's play-by-play guy Matt Vasgersian (one I understood, one I'm still scratching my head about):
After a poor swing by a Red Sox player, he likened it to "a Bernie Carbo at-bat" and then never mentioned anything else about it. What he was referring to (I'll bet some younger readers here don't know) was Carbo's 8th-inning pinch-hit AB in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Cincinnati was ahead 6-3, and the Red Sox were four outs away from losing the Series. Carbo took a very poor swing at a pitch in the dirt, but just barely fouled it off to avoid striking out and ending the inning with two guys on base. He then hit a three-run home run to center field that tied the game, allowing Carlton Fisk to win it in the 12th.
He also mentioned someone "doing the Bob Welch thing". What the hell he was talking about? Striking out Reggie Jackson to end Game 2 of the 1977 World Series? Winning an undeserved Cy Young Award? Dealing with alcoholism? What?
Vasgersian also informed us that when it came to deciding what cap Roger Clemens will wear on his Hall of Fame plaque, "a case could be made for three teams really", then said it really will come down to the Red Sox and Yankees. ... I'd love to hear his case for Toronto. Are you out there, Matt?
For the record, and typing as a serious Clemens-hater, if anyone can't figure how what cap Fatass should wear, they should have their head examined. (There is a website out that discusses in fantastic detail how much he achieved in Boston, but I can't find it now.)
Amusing moment: Jerry Remy discussing how Jason Varitek "is familiar with our pitchers ... uhh ... the Red Sox pitchers". Oops.