David Vassegh sits down with Dodgers' broadcasters, Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser to talk about how they call out games. Baseball like any sport deals with a lot of numbers. Joe Davis says that he tries to only use them when the time is right.
"I think there is a fine line when it comes to the numbers and I try to use them in my preparation and use them to inform without explicitly using them because I think when you get too many numbers it just goes one ear and out the other. You dont want to sit the and do math when you are watching a baseball game. So I try and use them all this great stuff that Rick gives us and stuff that we find on our own wherever it comes from I try to use it for myself to be able to make a point that easily understood."
Orel Hershiser added that there are times when he uses simple phrases to replace the use of numbers.
"We work really hard at understanding whats kind of fun and exciting for the fans to hear during the game and when its pertinent and when it really rings true that will be a number. But if I am going to editorialize something that I see on the field its always good to have a number to back you up even if you don't quote the number because there are people out there going is that really true Oral or is that really true Joe and they will do their own research to check out our narrative and when they check it out they will see the number that maybe our words came from but we wont be quoting the number and its actually an old dog learning a new trick from Joe. A couple of years ago I had and inning or two or maybe a game or two where I was really over quoting a lot of number and he said you know I'd rather on some of these as you see the numbers just say hey the guys a really good first pitch fast ball hitter. We don't need to quote the number of what he is hitting for thirty-eight against rightys and six thirty-this against leftys, hey he is just a really good first pitch fast ball hitter. Thats all the audience really wants to know."
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