SF Giants fans have to endure biased national broadcast in Dodgers game

The national media will bend over backward to praise the Dodgers.
Los Angeles Dodgers Introduce Shohei Ohtani
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The SF Giants played the second of 3 games in their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Unfortunately, Giants fans had to deal with the national FOX broadcaster Joe Davis, the play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers.

SF Giants fans have to deal with biased national broadcast in Dodgers game

The Giants have always been treated poorly by the national media. Perhaps it is because national writers and the national media at large still holds a grudge against Barry Bonds because he was not friendly to them and because of his PED use even though others are given a pass. Or maybe they simply resented the fact that the Giants proved so many prognosticators wrong with their 3 world series championships in 5 years last decade.

Now in modern times, perhaps it is because of the fact that the Dodgers have a literal Super Team and writers are simply drooling over the idea of a Dodgers-Yankees World Series. No matter what it is, it is incredibly annoying for Giants fans to deal with.

That gets taken to a whole other level when the Giants have to play the Dodgers in a nationally televised game broadcast by FOX. Joe Davis calls nationally televised games for FOX, and he just so happens to be the play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers on a regular basis.

To be fair to Davis, he usually tries to play it pretty straight in nationally televised games. However, it is completely obvious where his sympathies lie. One need only listen to his energetic call of Shohei Ohtani's home run in the top of the 3rd inning compared to his muted and subdued call of Patrick Bailey driving in a run to give the Giants the lead in the bottom of the 3rd. You can tell it pains Davis when things go well for the Giants.

Beyond the broadcasters, the decisions made in the broadcast itself makes it seem like this was a partisan Dodgers broadcast. Many of the graphics they showed focused only on the Dodgers. For instance, when Brett Wisely came up for his first at-bat, there was only a tiny note on the bottom of the graphic with his stats that mentioned he hit a walk off home run in the previous night's game. Instead of showing the video of him doing that, they showed a graphic of Tyler Glasnow's strikeout stats. It's little things like that which make it clear the national media and national broadcasts will bend over backwards to build up and praise the Dodgers and treating anything positive the Giants do equivalent to a JV team miraculously getting a run against the Varsity team. To be fair, the broadcast did show the walk off home run later in the bottom of the 9th when Wisely came up with a chance to win the game.

It is nothing new, but it is nonetheless frustrating for Giants fans who have long had to deal with the cold shoulder from the national media. Fans can at least take solace in the fact that Erik Karros was not on the call and the fact that Sunday's game will be on NBC Sports Bay Area which means we can hear Kruk and Kuip call the game like usual. I don't know about you, but I will take a moment tomorrow to appreciate the Giants broadcast team even more after having to endure the Dodgers love-fest on Saturday.