This World Series appears to be a relatively provincial affair if television ratings are the chosen yardstick.
Overnight statistics peg Game 1 between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals as the lowest-rated ever, despite storylines that have fired up fans of those franchises. The overall 8.0 rating – which dropped further as the Giants secured a 7-1 win – was lower than the previous worst rating of 8.8 registered in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, also featuring the Giants.
Regardless of the numbers, fired-up fans in San Francisco and recovering Kansas City loyalists – as well as baseball aficionados who love the Fall Classic just because – have a good set of viewing and listening options as Game 2 cranks up Wednesday evening with a scheduled 5:07 p.m. first pitch in Kansas City.
Jake Peavy is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Giants. Yordano Ventura is scheduled to pitch for the Royals.
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Fox is providing television coverage, using what that network’s supporters consider innovative, intimate, colorful and balanced coverage of the World Series. Fans of other approaches see Fox as leaning too heavily on extreme close-ups, ill-timed interviews and soul-draining graphics (Is everyone clear on where the first baseman plays?).
Either way, Fox will be in the house Wednesday night with play-by-play man Joe Buck, color analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, and field reporters Erin Andrews and Ken Rosenthal.
Many fans continue to opt for the familiar voices of the Giants’ radio broadcast team of Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Hall of Famer Jon Miller and Dave Flemming. The other radio option is ESPN coverage broadcast locally on 1320 AM.
Augmenting the TV and radio coverage is a live blog at sacbee.com, with live Tweets providing updates, highlights and observations from The Bee’s coverage team as well as reporters from The Kansas City Star and other sources. The live blog begins at 4 p.m.
▪ 5:07 p.m., Fox television (Fox40 in the Sacramento region). Fox pregame coverage, 4:30-5 p.m.
▪ Other baseball pregame coverage: 3-5 p.m. on the MLB network; and 4-5 p.m. on ESPN2.
▪ KNBR, 680 AM
▪ ESPN 1320 AM with Dan Shulman doing play-by-play and analysis from Aaron Boone. Pregame will be hosted by Marc Kestecher.
The game can be followed on a live blog at sacbee.com beginning at 4 p.m. Coverage will come from live Tweets sent by The Bee’s coverage team, as well as reporters from The Kansas City Star and other sources.
Other updates will be in The Bee’s World Series package from The Sports Network. In addition to scores and statistics, it features photos and other updated information.
Stories, photos, galleries, videos and comment will be provided throughout the series on the Major League Baseball page at sacbee.com.
Here are World Series photo galleries:
Game 1 coverage