May 21, 2024

Pink Sox

“It’s a commerce that may by no means be defended and a stain that may by no means be erased.”

Sean McDonough works chosen Pink Sox video games this season for WEEI radio.

Sean McDonough has by no means been shy about criticizing the Pink Sox, whether or not throughout his tenure as a tv play-by-play voice from 1988-2004 or extra lately on choose WEEI radio broadcasts.

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Nonetheless, it was considerably shocking — I’d additionally name it refreshing — to listen to McDonough’s candid commentary throughout Sunday’s Pink Sox-Dodgers broadcast relating to the choice to commerce Mookie Betts to Los Angeles earlier than the 2020 season.

Betts spent the weekend tormenting the Pink Sox, going 7 for 15 with 5 runs and 4 RBIs because the Dodgers gained two of three video games at Fenway.

When Betts hit a two-run house run into the Monster seats within the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 7-4 win Sunday, that is how the dialogue went between McDonough and Joe Castiglione, who known as the play-by-play of Betts’s blast, his thirty fifth house run of the season.

McDonough: “It’s a commerce that may by no means be defended and a stain that may by no means be erased, the commerce of Mookie Betts by the Pink Sox.”

Castiglione: “Definitely a generational participant.”

McDonough: “Performs with a smile on his face. He’s all the things you’d need in a participant, on and off the sphere.”

McDonough stated Monday morning by way of textual content that he hadn’t obtained any pushback from Pink Sox administration for the remark.

Earlier than the 2005 season, McDonough was blindsided when his contract possibility wasn’t picked up. He had turned down a play-by-play alternative with the Mets to stay because the voice of the Pink Sox video games on Channels 4 and 38, with Don Orsillo calling the video games on NESN.

The explanation given for not choosing up McDonough’s contract was the will for “continuity” among the many broadcasts. McDonough believed it to be a monetary choice, since he made extra in wage than Orsillo.

As a result of McDonough was at all times frank concerning the state of the workforce, there was hypothesis on the time that his candor price him the job. However in a publish explaining the scenario on former broadcast associate Jerry Remy’s web site, The Remy Report, McDonough stated he didn’t consider his bluntness was an element.

“I don’t suppose that it was,” he wrote in December 2004. “This was not talked about by anybody I spoke with as a purpose for my termination, nor am I conscious of something that I stated previously few years that ‘ruffled any feathers.’ ”