Fox Unveils Latest Useless Screen Filler
It's hard work watching baseball games on Fox. On the one hand, each contest always seems lasts an hour too long and, on the other, the Fox announcers over-the-top Yankee gushing (though mostly Derek Jeter) makes you feel less like you're watching a baseball game and more like an episode of the Dating Game.
Plus, last night's classic not withstanding, game one of the ALCS was a slow, matter of fact contest between the dominant Yankees and the suddenly hapless Angels. Maybe Fox had this in mind when they unveiled their latest offering to the gods of ADD-addled sports fans: FoxTrax+.
This newest addition to our television screen popped across the top left section of the screen near the start of the game. The two-leveled icon, which replaced the score box when it appeared, displayed the speed at which the ball left the pitcher's hand and the speed it arrived at home plate. Yeah, I don't get the point either and neither did the announcers.
(As if to prove the point that Fox wants to date the Yankees like they are contestant number one, FoxTrax dominantly informed you of the Yankee's pitches; all but one Angels pitcher escaped Fox scrutiny.)
The terrible Joe Buck offered no explanation and his play-by-play booth mate, the equally terrible Tim McCarver, gushed about how interesting the new contraption was without telling us what it actually brought to the table. (For more how bad Joe Buck, see my 2007 piece,"Joe Buck is Ruining the Playoffs.")
Here's McCarver's explanation: