In-game player interviews are an abomination
This is the World Series, not MTV Rock N' Jock.
As a baseball fan, I've grown accustomed to manager interviews during the middle of games, usually in the fourth or fifth innings — similar to halftime interviews for football or basketball games.
But this postseason, Fox has been conducting in-game player interviews, typically after big moments.
And they are very, very weird.
The players aren't going to say much. If a pitcher is tipping their pitches, for example, a hitter isn't very likely to go on TV to discuss it during the game and give their opponent an edge.
The interviews represent access for access's sake. But they don't provide anything of value.
And it's kind of pathetic to see the likes of Tom Verducci groveling for throwaway, unnecessary quotes that serve no purpose other than to fill air time that's already being filled by the World Series.
"Tell me your approach in that swing ..."
"Do you feel like that one swing gets you back to where you want to be?"
The format is a better match for an all-star game or celebrity softball game, where the mood is more collegial to begin with. When there are no stakes.
In-game player interviews for MTV Rock N' Jock? Yes.
In-game player interviews for the World Series? No. Please, no.