I've often said that Dennis Eckersley is the best baseball studio analyst around, and I don't mean just in Boston. (ESPN hired John Kruk over him years ago. Let that one percolate for a minute.) His candor is unmatched, which has made him less than popular with several Red Sox players through the years, and the cool part is that he doesn't care, which is kind of extraordinary for an ex-player. He has the rare cachet of a Hall of Famer, something NESN is wise to promote, but his genuine, relatable passion is the reason you always hope he's in the studio after a big win, a tough loss, or pretty much everything in between.
So, yeah, it was fun to have the Eck as our guest on the Red Sox podcast this week, joining yours truly and host Daigo Fujiwara. The Eck is as insightful as ever, though he's also mystified by some of the first-half failings, including Jon Lester's regression and Adrian Gonzalez's lack of home run power. Give it a listen.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.