Red Sox fans aren’t buying NESN’s tribute to Don Orsillo

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NESN now saying it will honor Don Orsillo on his last broadcast; posts from fans show they aren’t buying it

Judging from online posts by Boston Red Sox fans, the announcement today (Tuesday) that NESN will honor broadcaster Don Orsillo during the final telecast of the season is being met with skepticism and charges of insincerity and hypocrisy, among other more descriptive criticisms.

Following the uproar over not showing Sunday’s Fenway Park tribute to the extremely popular Orsillo, NESN is now saying that the video by the Red Sox was designed to be “an in-ballpark celebration for the fans in attendance.” The statement failed to explain why it could not also have been shown live to allow TV viewers to share in it and see what was happening in Fenway.

Amid a storm of protests, the cable channel has released a statement saying it “already had separate plans underway to recognize Don during our last telecast of the season this Sunday (Oct. 4). We look forward to celebrating Don’s career at NESN throughout that game.”

Of course, we cannot prove that it really was planned that way. If so, why wasn’t it revealed until now?

Comments posted on line have, from what I’ve seen, unanimously indicated that the fans don’t believe NESN was going to do this, until the proverbial roof caved in.

A sampling of what they are thinking and saying:

 “ … fans enraged so they’re doing it. Total farce. Best announcer anywhere…you wanna celebrate him? Keep him” (Dan Lippin)

“This is spin and totally classless. This action smacks of complete and utter insincerity. Because of the outcry, NESN has decided to try to pull something together at the last minute. Ugly NESN very ugly! No matter how hard you try to redeem yourselves you really blew this. I have lost a ton of respect for NESN and the Red Sox.” (Janet Berger, Augusts, Maine)

“This is NESN trying to save face. This shouldn’t be happening to begin with!!!” (Steve Kelley)

“Like he really cares after the way you screwed him over? Keep your pathetic tribute in the can. It’s a bunch of meaningless crap.” (Joseph Machete)

“ … outrageous, mishandled, bungled move. Finding it hard to find enthusiasm for this too late too little tribute!!” (Gail Walker, Framingham, Mass.)

“NESN…you can take your ‘planned’ tribute and dump it in the Charles. He got the only tribute he needed, which was from us fans. You want to give him a tribute? You keep him and not let him go to San Diego. He’s the best we will ever have. You bungled this from beginning to end, and we fans are smarter than you give us credit for. Seeing right through your line of BS. And this is what Don’s firing is, a bunch of BS. I hope he goes to San Diego, and ends up in Cooperstown. Horrendous job, NESN, absolutely HORRENDOUS!” (Chad Williams, Bangor, Maine)

“So, just to be clear, the people who fired him are going to honor him??? UN-FREAKIN’ BELIEVABLE !!!!” (Jim Gillaspie)

“NESN is flat out lying. They thought it just wouldn’t matter. If you own NESN stock, I’d sell it before the end of the week when thousands will be unsubscribing.” (Karen Vanderwart Potter, Rutland, VT)

“NESN says, “Here, Don, let me give you a parting kiss, while I bend you over the table…..” (Wayne Anderson)

“Lame, lame, lame and shame, shame, shame on NESN! It makes no sense whatsoever to have a “tribute” for someone you’re letting go. NESN, wake up! This is the nightmare you created for yourselves. We don’t want your tribute to Don; WE WANT DON back in the booth with Jerry! Best broadcast team, EVER!” (Meg Ashley)


This should tell us something

Not a single post in this series took NESN’s part about the tribute it is planning.

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