How biased are the Diamondbacks announcers?
Have you heard words like 'we' and 'us' during the broadcast? Have you heard the announcers using cute nicknames for the players? How much homerism is tolerable in a local television game broadcast?
Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal wanted to find out how biased each major league team's broadcast crew was, and has put together an interesting study on the subject.
Diamond and crew watched one home victory for each of the 30 big league ball clubs and literally counted homerish pronoun usage, obscure nicknames and moping after bad plays for the team.
Not surprisingly, the Chicago White Sox television duo of Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Steve Stone were far and away the biggest homers on the list with an incredible 104 homerish comments during one telecast.
How did the Diamondbacks' crew fare? It's not known which game WSJ watched, but they counted 12 such comments from television play-by-play man Greg Schulte and color commentator Mark Grace, which ranked 6th on the list.
Of course, this couldn't have been that recent a broadcast since Grace has been off the airwaves for the last month following his second DUI arrest in 15 months.