I just sent this to Channel4sd PADRES.
I have observed increasing disturbing lack of impartiality of all things Padres vs. their opponent occurring during Channel4sd Padres telecasts over this season so far. Channel4sd is less and less about the Padres and more and more MLB overall. The broadcast of May 18 proved this to be true.
I will lead off with some background. I am a Padres fan first, baseball fan second. I have season tickets to the Padres games. I watch the Padres on TV a lot as well. I have put up with Dick Enberg's "Touch Em All" when a player FROM THE OTHER TEAM hits a home run off a Padres pitcher all this season. I HATE IT, but I have tolerated it. I have also put up with his impartiality, misidentifying players, making calls incorrectly, babbling incoherently, etc., ad nauseum. I have a lot of patience.
I have put up with Channel4sd Padres being impartial at times. I dislike it, but have persevered.
On May 18, I had attended the game and was already upset that my Padres had lost. Later, after watching DVR of the Channel4sd PADRES gamecast, I felt compelled to write.
First, the score is 2-2, top 8. Giants are up. Padres’ reliever Mike Adams is pitching. Aaron Rowand at first. No outs. Andres Torres hits a late-inning, game-tying home run off Adams. "TOUCH EM ALL", Enberg shouts. I could not believe it. I could not wrap my mind around hearing Enberg yell that after the Padres’ Adams had just gave up the tying runs in a late-inning tight game. I was out of my mind, screaming at the television.
As you know, our Padres go on to lose the game.
Second, and I KNOW this is a Channel4sd Padres thing, during the Postgame Show, when the opposing team wins, the choices for Player of the Game are all from that team. So, of course, the choices are ALL Giants. Gag, spew, vomit, but there it is. Andres Torres is choice #3.
Thirdly, and this is the I CAN'T BELIEVE IT moment, Channel4sd PADRES, in all its divine brilliance, at the end of the game, sends Mark Neely down to the field to interview the Giants’ Andres Torres. Yes, the same opposing player that hit the TYING HOME RUN off Padres reliever Adams. I lost it.
Finally, to add insult to injury, Andres Torres won Player of the Game. I know Channel4sd Padres had nothing to do with the voting for this.
The broadcast of May 18th had so much Giants adoration in it, I wasn’t sure if I was watching the Padres or the Giants’ telecast. This increased impartiality is annoying at least, distressing at most.
Thank you for your time in advance.
Sincerely, Very Displeased Padres Fan