As the news that ‘Baseball on Five’ will not return in 2009 slowly starts to sink in, and more and more of you pass on your comments about how much it will be missed, all of the little things that made it such a great show keep coming to my mind.
If this is the end of an era, better to celebrate the good times than to be beaten down by the loss. So, I’ve put together a list of some of the things that I loved about the show. Please feel free to add any more in the comments box.
“These are a few of my favourite things ..”
Jonny’s opening line: “Greetings fellow baseball nuts”.
The Jonny and Josh high-five.
Erik’s Montreal Expos cap (you don’t see them much nowadays).
The flags at the front of the desk showing which teams were playing that night (not to mention Jonny’s Chipper Jones model).
Jonny being caught eating chocolate as the game heads back to the studio (with Josh merrily throwing him under a bus about it, rather than covering for him!).
Jonny and Josh noting plays down on their scorecards and encouraging many of us to take up the discipline.
Erik’s Spring Training vignettes.
The always entertaining viewer e-mails; from the students to the night-shift workers to the mothers feeding their newly-born children.
Jonny and Josh honouring a ‘hardcore’ viewer.
The literal seventh inning stretch.
Josh answering Erik’s in-game (‘don’t e-mail in, it’s just for fun’) trivia questions like someone swatting a fly.
Jonny’s ability to turn any conversation into an excuse to mention his fantasy team (okay, some viewers won’t miss that so much!).
In recent years, the All Star Game coverage live from the stadium.
The Fall Classic is always a special time of the year, but Five’s coverage made it even more so, not least because of the following:
The World Series tuxedoes,
Rating the renditions of the Star Spangled Banner,
The specially recorded Dave O’Brien/Rick Sutcliffe pre-game segments,
Erik and Dave bringing us the sights, sounds and (primarily) the local cuisine from the World Series cities.
Simply having a British-based MLB show, with presenters who love the game and want to share that passion with the audience. Presenters who teach Brits about how the sport is played and who make us feel like a part of the show. A team who understood the skill and complexity of the game, yet who were able to mix in light-hearted banter as well.
Hope you’re back with us soon, guys.