Fox Sports San Diego's Top 6 highest rated Padres game broadcasts

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It seems like a few times a week now I get a Press Release from Fox Sports San Diego announcing that they've had their most popular broadcast ever. It happened again today after last night's game.

This season's games are likely getting more viewers because of the added cable and satellite companies who picked up the channel in the off-season and of course the Padres' domination of their opponents in the last 50 games. For me, it's practically the only thing I watch on TV, except for a random episode of American Pickers or any one of a dozen bigfoot shows.

Here I've compiled a list of the five six most highly rated games of the season. Notice that when we watch games on FSSD the team wins. Predictably most are away games and benefit from fans staying at home to watch rather than attending the game in person.

The 1998 Retro game on Friday is the lone home game to make the list. Viewers tuned in and with good reason. The team at FSSD put together a nice nostalgic look at the 1998 team. They brought back former play by play broadcaster Mel Proctor (giving Dick Enberg the night off) and converted all their graphics to match those from 1998. With lots of interviews with former players and an extended pre-game show, it was quite a treat.

UPDATE:

Now a Top 6. Another record broadcast on June 18th.

Top 6 Highest Rated Games on Fox Sports San Diego

Rating

Game #

Day

Date

Home/Away

Opponent

Outcome

Runs

Runs Against

Win

Loss

4.9

71

Tuesday

18-Jun

@

SFG

L

4

5

Machi

Thayer

4.46

70

Monday

17-Jun

@

SFG

W

5

3

Vincent

Mijares

4.37

67

Friday

14-Jun


ARI

W

2

1

Stults

Cahill

4.27

15

Wednesday

17-Apr

@

LAD

W

7

2

Brach

Kershaw

3.94

59

Wednesday

5-Jun

@

LAD

W

6

2

Marquis

Kershaw

3.93

13

Monday

15-Apr

@

LAD

W

6

3

Stults

Belisario

FSSD has a good team of likable and knowledgeable broadcasters and reporters over there that add a lot of value to the telecast. They all seem to have a good rapport with each other and can fill in and switch positions on the fly when a teammate is out. One thing, I'd like to see more of that.

I want to see Laura McKeeman do play-by-play with Mark Grant, she's polished enough as a broadcaster that I think she'd nail it. You never hear women doing play-by-play, that should change.

Likewise it'd be fun to put Megan Olivi or Dick Enberg in the on-field reporter role and Kelly Crull and Mark Grant in the pre-game booth. Maybe someday just have all the ladies in the FSSD "Man Cave". There's so many opportunities to mix and match.

The Fox Sports team's excellence hasn't gone unnoticed either. They won a butt load of Emmy's over the weekend. Must be nice.

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