Monday, March 3, 2014

Day 337: Red Sox New Sideline Reporter: Elle Duncan or Sarah Davis

NESN seems to go through female sideline reporters for the Red Sox broadcasts about as fast as Zsa Zsa Gabor goes through husbands. Not sure what it is about that position—possibly the lure of all those fit, good looking men sitting in the dugout not to far away? Or are Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy both a couple of despicable tyrants as coworkers? Maybe the trick is just start hiring trolls and maybe there will be no temptation.

We all know why Jenny Dell left the Red Sox broadcast team. Oh wait, she didn't leave, she was reassigned because she did fall to the temptation of one of those dugout dwellers. It was revealed a few months ago that not only were Dell and Boston third baseman, Will Middlebrooks dating, but they even lived together and things were clearly more serious than just a silly fling. I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny and she was really nice so I feel bad she got ousted from her post on the sidelines.

So now there seems to be a competition (although NESN claims it's not) for the recently vacated spot between two recent hires, Elle Duncan and Sarah Davis. NESN hasn't ruled out platooning the two women on the sidelines.

Davis, who most recently worked for Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto, has most recently hosted Soccer Central and Fox Soccer News for the network. Her other assignments included hosting UFC pre-fight programming and serving as the game-day host for the indoor lacrosse team, the Toronto Rock. She has also hosted pre-game shows for both the Maple Leafs and the Raptors. Impressive resume but there seems to be one thing missing—baseball.

Elle Duncan comes to NESN from 11 Alive in Atlanta where she was a traffic reporter but also worked the sidelines for the Atlanta Hawks. She also has eight years of radio experience and has contributed to the Atlanta Falcons pre- and post-game radio shows. Duncan also brings with her to Boston a criminal record. She was arrested in April 2013 for driving under the influence and reckless driving. She blew a 0.099 on the breathalyzer—just barely over the legal limit. Good thing Boston has public transportation.

Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing what these two can do in baseball since neither one of them has any experience reporting it. And also how each of them interacts with Don and Jerry. And if either falls under the spell of some single ballplayer. We shall see...

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