Approval Ratings – Don Orsillo

Don OrsilloAnnouncer boy is up next.

Don Orsillo is the play-by-play man on NESN’s Red Sox telecasts, he’s done most of the games starting in 2001, and has done all of the local non-national broadcast games since the 2005 season.

Orsillo’s first game was Hideo Nomo’s no hitter in Baltimore in 2001, and he received some criticism for what was perceived as a lackluster call of the final out. He’s gotten some practice on calling no-hitters since that time, and his performance is well received overall in most quarters.

Orsillo’s bio lists out his past experience:

Orsillo got his start as a baseball play-by-play announcer for the Pittsfield Mets of the New York-Penn League during the 1991 and 1992 seasons. In 1993, Orsillo moved to Binghamton, N.Y., to do play-by-play radio and television for the Binghamton Mets of the Double-A Eastern League. While with Binghamton, he had the opportunity to serve as a commentator for the nationally syndicated 1994 Double-A All-Star Game.

During the 1991-1996 hockey seasons, Orsillo was the play-by-play radio and television voice for the Springfield Indians/Falcons. He hosted “Inside the Indians,” a weekly live television talk show and was the analyst for the 1994 AHL All-Star Game.

Orsillo was awarded a local Emmy in 2003 as Outstanding Sports Broadcaster and in 2005 was named the Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year.

During the 2007 postseason, he called games for TBS on their national broadcasts.



Celtics Hang On, Take Game 5

The Celtics had to hang on for dear life last night, but they did the job at the free throw line in the final minutes and closed out the Detroit Pistons 106-102 in last night’s game five of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Mark Murphy says it was a night of transformation at the Garden. Marc J. Spears has the Celtics hoping to avoid having to play a game seven on Sunday, while the Pistons are already counting on it. Mike Szostak has the Celtics able to hold off the furious fourth quarter comeback by the Pistons. Paul Doyle has the Celtics pulling out perhaps their most important victory of the season. Scott Souza has the Celtics able to sweat out a close one at the Garden. Bill Doyle has the big three coming up big in game five for the Celtics. Mike Fine has the Celtics one win away from the finals. Jeff Howe has the Celtics remaining flawless in the most important games.

On the BSMW Full Court Press Kevin Henkin says to remember the win and forget everything else.

Dan Shaughnessy calls last night “one of the more exciting playoff games in the New or Old Garden.” Bill Reynolds says that this one harks back to the glory days of the Bird era. Jeff Jacobs has Ray Allen proving to be the difference for the Celtics last night. Lenny Megliola says that these teams deserve each other and the intensity that they put into these games. Bill Burt says that will Ray Allen on track, it changes everything for the Celtics. Tim Weisberg says that the three was the key to game five.

Steve Bulpett has Kendrick Perkins setting the tone for the Celtics and leading the way on the boards. Monique Walker has Perkins taking center stage in the first half. Robert Lee has Perkins putting together an “unforgettable, career night.” Matt Langone has Perkins playing the game of his life last night.

Bob Ryan has Ray Allen looking a lot more like the Ray Allen of old last night. Tony Massarotti has Allen finding his stroke at just the right time for the Celtics. Jennifer Toland has more on Allen finding his stride at just the right time for the Celtics. Dan Ventura has Kevin Garnett coming up big last night for the Celtics. Michael Vega has Garnett hitting the clutch free throws which sealed the game for the Celtics.

Steve Buckley has Paul Pierce disappointed with how the Celtics let the Pistons back into the game in the fourth quarter after leading by as many as 17 points in the second half. Reynolds has the Celtics defending the home court, just as they needed to. Lee says that as Rajon Rondo goes, so go the Celtics. Szostak has the Celtics altering their defense on Antonio McDyess last night.

Buckley reports that Tony Allen injured himself in practice Tuesday afternoon, and his status for the rest of the postseason is up in the air. If the Celtics manage to advance to the finals and if they play the Lakers, the Celtics could be missing a key Kobe Bryant defender. Lee has more on how Allen’s 2008 season could be over right now. Jessica Camerato notes that the injury could be the end of Allen’s Celtics career.

Julian Benbow has Rasheed Wallace going off on the officiating. Massarotti says that Richard Hamilton is underrated. Ventura has Theo Ratliff grateful to be playing in big games once again. Toland look at how Ratliff played a small part in Celtics’ big deal last summer. Vega has a look at how Jason Maxiell, though undersized for a big man, has given the Pistons a huge lift off the bench with his energy.

Murphy’s notebook has Doc Rivers electing to put the Pistons on the line at the end of the game rather than allow them to shoot three pointers. The Globe notebook has more on the injury to Tony Allen. Szostak’s notebook has Ray Allen finding his shooting touch. Doyle’s notebook has the Lakers looking to get well rested for the finals by closing out the Spurs tonight. Burt’s notebook has the Celtics following the game plan.

Over in the Metro, I’ve got a look at why the change in media access to athletes isn’t a big deal to the reader.

Red Sox

Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox bats silenced by Erik Bedard last night. Amalie Benjamin has the shutout leaving Tim Wakefield with no support on the night. Sean McAdam has more on the Sox bats going south out west. Jeff Goldberg notes that the road remains a tough place for the Sox.

Nick Cafardo says that even though Manny Ramirez is downplaying and even joking about his upcoming 500th home run, you can tell it really means a lot to him. Michael Silverman advises the Red Sox to rest Daisuke Matsuzaka and not let him push on through his fatigue. Horrigan has Daisuke Matsuzaka slated for an MRI tomorrow. McAdam has a more detailed report on Matsuzaka and what the Sox are doing with him. Silverman has Tim Wakefield taking the hard luck loss.

Horrigan’s notebook expects Kevin Youkilis to be back in the lineup tomorrow against the Orioles. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Matsuzaka’s scheduled MRI. McAdam’s notebook also reports that Youkilis should be back in the lineup tomorrow. Goldberg
s notebook
has more on the status of Dice-K.


Karen Guregian has tight end David Thomas happy to be back on on the field for the Patriots and looking forward to playing again. David Heuschkel has more on Thomas hoping to bounce back from a lost season last year.

Mark Farinella has Matt Gutierrez doing his best to take advantage of any opportunity he gets. Shalise Manza Young also has Gutierrez hoping his hard work will pay off. Christopher L. Gasper has cornerback Mike Richardson hoping to make an impact this season.

Mike Reiss has new safety Tank Williams getting some work in at linebacker in passing camp yesterday. Christopher Price also has a look at the hard hitting Williams. Douglas Flynn has safety Ray Ventrone getting in work at wide receiver yesterday. Farinella has more on the Ray Ventrone Experiment.

Manny Hits Number 499 in Sox Loss

Daisuke Matsuzaka left the game after four innings in Seattle last night, for what is being described as “fatigue.” At the time, the Red Sox were trailing 3-0, and they tied it up in the sixth inning on a three run home run from Manny Ramirez, number 499 in his career. With the score tied in the ninth inning, Mike Timlin gave up the winning run to the Mariners in a 4-3 Red Sox defeat.

Amalie Benjamin says that Matsuzaka will be examined further today. Jeff Horrigan has more on an eventful night in Seattle, which also included Terry Francona and Julio Lugo getting ejected. Jeff Goldberg has Ichiro proving to be a thorn in the Red Sox side all night. David Willis has former Sox outfielder Rick Miller taking over the Nashua Pride. Joe Haggerty says that the Red Sox have options available in the starting rotation.

Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox dominating the All Star voting, and with the game to be held at Yankee Stadium, that fact is getting some notice. Sean McAdam looks at why the Red Sox haven’t followed the current trend in baseball and signed their young stars to long term deals. Nick Cafardo looks at how important Dick-K has been to the Sox this year, and why they need him healthy. Silverman also looks at the shoulder fatigue which got Dice-K pulled last night. McAdam looks at Boston’s issues with umpire Angel Hernandez.

Horrigan’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis resting his hand another night. Benjamin’s notebook has more on the All Star voting. McAdam’s Journal has more on the events last night in Seattle.


Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics need to keep it simple and move the ball on the Pistons. Christopher L. Gasper has Paul Pierce delivering a strong message to his teammates at practice yesterday. Bill Burt says that the season will not be tarnished if the Celtics lose this series, or the next. Scott Souza says that the Celtics need to be the aggressors in game five.

Tony Massarotti has the Celtics going into a huge swing game tonight. Dan Shaughnessy says that Kevin Garnett needs to prove he is more than just a “Timberwolf for life.” Lenny Megliola says that the Celtics can’t afford another home loss. Mike Szostak has the Celtics split personality holding them back in the postseason.

Steve Buckley says that Celtics fans should forget game four, be happy the club won game three, and look ahead to gave five. Glen Farley looks at the Celtics going into a third straight game five with the series tied. Mark Murphy has P.J. Brown finally feeling fully a part of the team, and just in time. Jeff Howe looks at Garnett’s manic fervor.

Massarotti’s notebook has the Celtics trying to figure out what to do with Antonio McDyess. Julian Benbow’s notebook has things heating up in game four…literally. Farley’s notebook says that the Celtics need a big performance from the big three. Szostak’s notebook has more on the captain’s message to his team.


Karen Guregian has a piece on new Patriots linebacker Victor Hobson. Mark Farinella does some spring cleaning.

…and yes, I am aware of the post by Mike Florio over the weekend which seemed to lift many elements from my Spygate post. While I’m by no means claiming exclusivity on the material in my post, its clear to me where Floria got HIS material. As someone who has protested in the past about larger sites taking his material, It would have been nice had Florio not done what he complains about and instead just acknolwedged where he got the information from.